Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 9

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In this lesson, students read and analyze an excerpt of paragraph 8 in "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk (from "The first decade was merely a prolongation" to "the half-free serf weary, wondering, but still inspired"). In this excerpt, Du Bois describes the renewed optimism African Americans felt after the passing of the 15th Amendment, and how they continued to seek change through the power of the vote. Student analysis focuses on how Du Bois further shapes and refine previously established ideas. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How do ideas and events interact and develop over the course of this excerpt?

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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...
SL.11-12.1.a Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on...

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