Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 13

Student looking for a book

In this lesson, students read and analyze the poem “Freedom” by Rabindranath Tagore in dialogue with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Students explore how Tagore begins to develop a central idea through specific textual details, in particular the images that he develops in relation to freedom. Additionally, students use Tagore’s poem to reflect upon the way in which King develops similar ideas in his letter. Students engage in an evidence-based discussion before completing a brief Quick Write on Tagore and King’s use of imagery to develop a common idea.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from...
RI.9-10.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text,...
L.9-10.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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