In this unit, students read and analyze two texts that explore issues of agency and identity for women in America. Students begin by reading "An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton," in which Cady Stanton argues for women’s right to vote. Next, students read Audre Lorde’s contemporary poem, "From the House of Yemanjá." Lorde’s exploration of how a daughter’s sense of self is influenced by her complex relationship with her mother provides an alternate voice and perspective on the experience of being a woman in America.
Throughout this unit, students continue to practice their informative/explanatory writing skills while developing their ability to analyze an author’s use of rhetoric and figurative language. Students determine an author’s point of view or purpose, and analyze how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text. Additionally, students analyze specific word choice and figurative language to determine its role in both texts. In addition to reading and writing, students initiate and participate in a range of collaborative discussions, using textual evidence to support their analysis.
There is one formal assessment in this unit. For the End-of-Unit Assessment, students write a multi-paragraph response in which they consider a central idea from Lorde’s poem or "An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton," and identify a similar or related idea in one other text from the module. Students compare the approaches that the two authors of their choice take in developing a similar or related central idea, considering how each author uses either word choice, rhetoric, point of view, or purpose to develop this idea.