Grade 12 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 3

Class In Lecture

In this lesson, students read and analyze a section from chapter 2 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, pages 35–40 (from “The summer of 1940, in Lansing, I caught the Greyhound Bus” to “I’d probably still be a brainwashed black Christian”), in which Malcolm X describes leaving Lansing for the more metropolitan Boston and explains how this period of his life affected him. Additionally, students engage in a discussion around the concept of character development and its role in constructing narrative.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story...
W.11-12.2.e Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and...
L.11-12.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or...