Grade 12 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 19

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In this lesson, students analyze a section from chapter 14 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, pages 268–270 (from “In 1961, our Nation flourished” to “Nothing that Mr. Muhammad ever said to me was more prophetic”). In this passage, the author recounts a period during which the Nation of Islam was doing quite well in spite of Mr. Muhammad’s deteriorating health. Students focus on the author’s structural choices in this passage.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...
RL.11-12.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the...
W.11-12.2.c Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create...