Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 7

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 12–15 of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King defends his central claim that segregation laws are unjust. In this lesson, students delineate King’s argument and assess the validity of his reasoning by engaging in a thorough reading and discussion of the text. The lesson ends with a Quick Write on the following prompt: Delineate King’s argument in paragraphs 12–15. Assess the validity of his reasoning.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
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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