Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 1

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In this first lesson of the unit, students are introduced to "An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton," in which Cady Stanton argues that women should have the right to vote. Following a masterful reading of the speech, students read and analyze the first paragraph (from "We have met here today to discuss" to "to clothe every woman in male attire"), in which Cady Stanton presents the reason for her address. Student analysis focuses on how Cady Stanton begins to establish her purpose in this excerpt. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does Cady Stanton begin to establish her purpose in the first paragraph?

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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...
SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the...

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