Grade 12 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 4

Girl Graduating

In this lesson, students read and analyze a section from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, chapter 3, pages 42–46 (from “So I went gawking around the neighborhood” to “find a friend as hip as he obviously was”), in which Malcolm Little adjusts to the fast-paced life of Boston and observes first-hand the class and race distinctions that exist there. In addition, students engage in a small group discussion to develop an understanding of how central ideas develop and where they emerge.

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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.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...
L.11-12.4.b Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of...