Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 5

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 10–11 of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King lays out the necessary urgency with which his group approaches their direct, nonviolent action in opposition to segregation. Students analyze these paragraphs to delineate his argument and claims and assess the sufficiency of his supporting evidence. In groups, students engage in a thorough reading and discussion of the text. The lesson ends with a brief written response to the following prompt: Delineate the argument and specific claims in paragraphs 10–11. Assess whether King’s evidence is relevant and sufficient

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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...
RI.9-10.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning...
L.9-10.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or...

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