Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 7

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In this lesson, students read the remainder of paragraph 5 of Du Bois’s "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk (from "The double-aimed struggle of the black artisan" to "about to make them ashamed of themselves"), in which Du Bois discusses how "double aims" (par. 5) negatively impact the African American community. Students analyze how Du Bois continues to refine his central idea of double-consciousness and track the development of ideas on their Ideas Tracking Tools. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does Du Bois refine a central idea in paragraph 5?

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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.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...

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