Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 11

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In this lesson, students read and analyze the final stanzas (3–5) of Audre Lorde’s poem "From the House of Yemanjá" (from "All this has been / before / in my" through "night shall meet / and not be / one"). In these stanzas, the speaker calls out to her "mother" for "blackness," and reflects upon the painful duality of her own identity (line 29). Students analyze how Lorde shapes and refines central ideas in her poem, and consider how these ideas interact and build on one another over the course of the text.

Students demonstrate their learning at the end of this lesson in a Quick Write response to the following prompt: Determine two central ideas and analyze their development over the course of the poem, including how they interact and build on one another. For homework, students add to their Ideas Tracking Tools, as well as continue with their Accountable Independent Reading (AIR) through the lens of the focus standard of their choice.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the...
W.11-12.9.a Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-,...
SL.11-12.1.a Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on...

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