Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 9

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In this lesson, students are introduced to Audre Lorde’s contemporary poem "From the House of Yemanjá," and read and analyze the first stanza (from "My mother had two faces and a frying pot" through "sun and moon and forever hungry / for her eyes"). In this stanza, the speaker describes her complex relationship with her mother and how this relationship influences her identity. Students determine the connotative and figurative meanings of words and phrases as they are used in the text, and analyze how these specific word choices shape the meaning of the first stanza.

Students demonstrate their learning at the end of this lesson in a Quick Write response to the following prompt: Determine the meaning of a word or phrase as it is used in stanza 1, and analyze how this specific word choice impacts the meaning of the first stanza. For homework, students record at least one idea introduced and developed in stanza 1 on their Ideas Tracking Tools, and continue their Accountable Independent Reading (AIR) through the lens of the focus standard of their choice.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
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.a Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-,...

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