Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 23

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraph 10 of Booker T. Washington’s "Atlanta Compromise Speech" (from "In conclusion, may I repeat that nothing in thirty years" to "a new heaven and a new earth"). In this passage, Washington concludes his speech by pledging African Americans’ cooperation in Southern progress. Student analysis focuses on Washington’s development and refinement of two central ideas and how these ideas build on each other to support his purpose. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How do two central ideas build on one another to advance Washington’s purpose in this excerpt?

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the...
RL.11-12.6 Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in...
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...

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