Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 5

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraph 4 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (from "The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife" to "the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face"), in which Du Bois discusses the desire of African Americans to unify their two identities "into a better and truer self" (par. 4). Students focus their analysis on how Du Bois introduces and develops central ideas. Additionally, students discuss how to develop a topic in their writing through the selection of significant and relevant evidence. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: Determine two central ideas from the paragraphs 1–4 and explain how the ideas interact and develop over the course of the text so far. For homework, students preview the first part of paragraph 5, box any unfamiliar words, and look up their definitions. Additionally, students conduct a brief search on the historical term "Emancipation" (par. 5) and prepare for a discussion of its historical meaning.

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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...
W.11-12.2.b Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended...
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...

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