Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 21

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 6–7 of Booker T. Washington’s "Atlanta Compromise Speech" (from "There is no defense or security for any" to "retarding every effort to advance the body politic"). In this excerpt, Washington explores the relationship between the "development" (par. 6) of African Americans and Southern progress. Student analysis focuses on Washington’s word choice and use of rhetoric, and how each contributes to the power or persuasiveness of his text. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does Washington’s rhetoric in paragraphs 6–7 contribute to the persuasiveness or power of the text?

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CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.6 Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in...
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...
L.11-12.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or...

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