Grade 12 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 5

Girl In High School

In this lesson, students continue their analysis of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and continue to explore techniques of narrative writing. Students read the opening section of chapter 4, pages 59–62 (from “Shorty would take me to groovy, frantic scenes” to “I never missed a Roseland lindy-hop as long as I stayed in Boston”), in which Malcolm X describes how he learned to dance and adjusted to life in Boston. Student groups answer questions focused on determining the author’s purpose and how style and content contribute to the power or beauty of the text.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.6 Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in...
W.11-12.3.a Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its...
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...