Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 8

Student reading

In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 16–18 of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King defines unjust laws and demonstrates the importance of civil disobedience. In this lesson students analyze these paragraphs through the lens of rhetoric, determining King’s purpose and analyzing his use of rhetoric to further that purpose. The lesson ends with a Quick Write on the following prompt: Determine King’s purpose in paragraphs 16–18 and analyze how he uses rhetoric to advance that purpose.

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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...
L.9-10.1.a Use parallel structure.*
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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