Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1

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In this unit, students read Martin Luther King’s “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” alongside three short poems, focusing on how King develops his argument for direct action on civil rights. Students will begin to analyze how central ideas emerge and develop in the letter and determine how King uses rhetoric to advance his point of view and purpose. Poems by Rabindranath Tagore, the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize in 1913, Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlu and Alice Walker offer a counterpoint to King’s work, providing non-US and feminist perspectives on the human rights movement.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course...
RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...
RL.9-10.6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from...

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