Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 16

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraph 34 of “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King affirms the justice and inevitable success of his cause. Students explore how King uses rhetoric and the placement of the passage to advance his purpose. Following an evidence-based discussion, students demonstrate their learning by completing a brief Quick Write on the following prompt: How does King’s use of rhetoric and placement of this paragraph advance his purpose?

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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...
RI.9-10.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to...
L.9-10.4.b Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of...

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