Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 22

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 8–9 of Booker T. Washington’s "Atlanta Compromise Speech" (from "Gentlemen of the Exposition, as we present to you" to "the opportunity to spend a dollar in an opera-house"). In this excerpt, Washington speaks about the difficult path of Southern progress, as well as how "Southern states" and "Northern philanthropists" (par. 8) have helped African Americans. Students continue to analyze how Washington’s use of rhetoric contributes to the power and persuasiveness of his speech. Students also discuss the importance of using precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, or analogy when writing about complex ideas (W.11-12.2.d).

Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write revision at the end of the lesson: Revise and rewrite your Quick Write response from 11.2.1 Lesson 21, using precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to explain how Washington’s use of rhetoric contributes to the power and persuasiveness of the text. Include additional evidence from paragraphs 8–9.

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Common Core Learning Standards

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.11-12.2.d Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and...
W.11-12.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new...

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