Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 19

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In this lesson, students read “Women,” a poem by the contemporary writer, Alice Walker. Students work in pairs to analyze Walker’s poem before working in small groups to consider how the poem develops ideas similar to those that Martin Luther King, Jr. developed in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” After a brief, whole-class discussion, teachers assess student learning via a Quick Write asking students to explain how Walker develops one central idea present in King’s letter.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course...
W.9-10.9.a Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Analyze how an author draws on and...
SL.9-10.1.a Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on...

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