Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 6

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In this lesson, students read and analyze the first half of paragraph 5 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk (from "This, then, is the end of his striving" to "it is the contradiction of double aims"), in which Du Bois explains African Americans’ aspirations to work alongside white Americans in artistic and social pursuits. Students are introduced to the Rhetorical Impact Tracking Tool, which they use to record their analysis of Du Bois’s use of rhetoric and the impact it has on the text. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does Du Bois use rhetoric in this passage to advance his point of view?

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
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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