Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 12 | EngageNY

Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 12

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In this lesson, students place Audre Lorde’s poem "From the House of Yemanjá" in conversation with the other three texts in this module: "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, "Atlanta Compromise Speech" by Booker T. Washington, and "An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton." Students make connections across these three texts and "From the House of Yemanjá," analyzing how the development of ideas and events in the nonfiction texts refines their understanding of the central ideas in Lorde’s poem.

Students demonstrate their learning at the end of this lesson in a Quick Write response to the following prompt: Analyze how the development of ideas or events in one or more of the nonfiction texts in this module refines your understanding of a central idea in "From the House of Yemanjá." Cite evidence from "From the House of Yemanjá" and at least one other module text in your response. For homework, students begin preparing for the End-of-Unit Assessment in 11.2.2 Lesson 14 by reviewing the texts they read in Module 11.2 ("Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, "Atlanta Compromise Speech" by Booker T. Washington, "An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton," and "From the House of Yemanjá" by Audre Lorde) as well as related notes and annotations. Students should identify at least one related or similar central idea in at least two of the module texts and be prepared to share during the next lesson.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups...

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