Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 20


In this final lesson of the unit students complete the End-of-Unit Assessment which evaluates cumulative student understanding of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” After sharing ideas about King’s purpose for writing the letter and claims he makes in the text, students independently complete a multi-paragraph response to the following prompt: Analyze how King develops and refines his claims to advance his purpose. In their response, students identify important claims King establishes in the letter and then analyze how he develops and refines the claims throughout the letter. Students explore structural choices, rhetoric, and word choice.

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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...
W.9-10.2.a Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections...

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