Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 11

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 22–23 of “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King continues his criticism of the white moderate’s lack of action to end injustice. Students analyze how King appeals to his addressees and uses rhetoric to advance his criticism. Students demonstrate their learning in a Quick Write on the following prompt: How does King’s use of rhetoric advance his purpose in paragraphs 22–23?

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to...
W.9-10.9.b Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...

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