Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 14


In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 26–33 of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King criticizes the white church for its failure to take a stance. Students discuss how King unfolds his analysis of the church’s position and the way in which he orders his points. Following this discussion, the lesson culminates in a Quick Write on the following prompt: How does King unfold his analysis of the church in paragraphs 26–33?

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RI.9-10.3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in...
L.9-10.5.a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the...

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