Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 4

Graduating students

In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraph 3 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (from "After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman" to "strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder"), in which Du Bois introduces the idea of "double-consciousness." Students examine the passage for the ideas that Du Bois develops, including "double-consciousness" and "true self-consciousness" (par. 3) while continuing to track these key ideas using the Ideas Tracking Tool. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: Determine two ideas from paragraph 3 and explain how the ideas interact and develop over the course of the paragraph.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story...
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...

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