In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 1 and 2 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk (from "Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question" to "but shut out from their world by a vast veil"). In this excerpt, Du Bois writes of the "strange experience" of "being a problem" in America (par. 2). Students analyze how Du Bois introduces ideas, and consider how these ideas interact and develop over the course of this excerpt. Additionally, students are introduced to the Ideas Tracking Tool, which they use throughout this unit to record how Du Bois unfolds a complex series of ideas throughout his essay. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: Analyze how two ideas interact and develop over the course of this excerpt.