Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 15

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In this lesson, students reread and analyze paragraphs 26–33 of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From A Birmingham Jail.” Students review these paragraphs in order to analyze how King develops and refines ideas from earlier in the text. After engaging in evidence-based discussion of the ideas developed in paragraphs 26 to 33, students take part in a jigsaw activity in which they determine how these ideas refine ideas from earlier in the text. The lesson closes with a brief written response to the following prompt: How does King use paragraphs 26–33 to develop and refine an idea from earlier in the text?

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.5 Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences...
W.9-10.9.b Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...
SL.9-10.1.a Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on...

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