Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 17


In this lesson, students carefully read and analyze the final five paragraphs of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” As students read, they determine King’s purpose for writing these paragraphs and explore his use of rhetoric to support this purpose. Students participate in small group discussions to further their understanding of King’s use of word choice and rhetoric to advance his purpose before completing this Quick Write to demonstrate their learning: How does King’s use of rhetoric in the final five paragraphs advance the purpose of the letter as a whole?

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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...
SL.9-10.1.a Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on...

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