Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 1


In this first lesson of the module, students read and analyze the salutation and first paragraph of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” in which King addresses the clergymen to whom he is writing and introduces one of his purposes for writing the letter. For most of the lesson, students listen to a masterful reading of the entire letter, pausing to note their initial questions and reactions. Students also engage in a small group discussion about how King opens the letter. This lesson’s learning culminates in a Quick Write that requires students to analyze the impact of the specific words or phrases in the opening of the letter.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative,...
L.9-10.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or...

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