Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 8

Student studying

In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 6–7 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk (from "Away back in the days of bondage" to "by the simple ignorance of a lowly people"), in which Du Bois explores the hope, impact, and aftermath of Emancipation. Students analyze Du Bois’s use of rhetoric through emotional and religious appeals and allusions, and consider how Du Bois’s use of rhetoric further develops his point of view. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does Du Bois use rhetoric in paragraphs 6–7 to further develop his point of view on freedom?

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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...
L.11-12.3.a Vary syntax for effect, consulting references (e.g., Tufte’s Artful Sentences) for guidance as...

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