Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 10

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In this lesson, students read and analyze the second stanza of Audre Lorde’s poem "From the House of Yemanjá" (from "I bear two women upon my back" through "huge exciting anchors / in the midnight storm"). In this stanza, the speaker describes the "two women" that she carries on her "back" (line 11). Students interpret the meaning of the figurative language in this stanza, and analyze the role it plays in the text.

Students demonstrate their learning at the end of this lesson in a Quick Write response to the following prompt: Identify an example of figurative language in the second stanza. Interpret the meaning of this language in context and analyze the role it plays in the text. For homework, students conduct a brief search into Yemanjá, mentioned in the title of the poem, and record at least one new idea introduced and developed in stanza 2 on their Ideas Tracking Tools.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
W.11-12.9.a Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-,...
L.11-12.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or...
L.11-12.5.a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the...

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