Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 3

Teacher and student

In this lesson, students read and analyze the second half of paragraph 2 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk (from "I had thereafter no desire to tear down" to "watch the streak of blue above"). In this excerpt, Du Bois develops his metaphor of the "veil" as he describes the experience of being an "outcast and a stranger" in the "pale world" (par. 2). Students analyze Du Bois’s use of figurative language, determining meaning from context, and analyzing the role this language plays in the text. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: Interpret an example of figurative language and analyze its role in the excerpt.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...
L.11-12.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or...
L.11-12.5.a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the...

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