Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 2

Boy asking question

In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 1–5 of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King explains why he is in Birmingham and why he believes the demonstrations are necessary. Students engage in small group discussions to analyze how King unfolds his reasons for being in Birmingham. To support their analysis, students analyze the impact of King’s figurative language and word choices.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in...
RI.9-10.5 Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences...
SL.9-10.1.c Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to...

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