Grade 12 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 9

Girls Doing Homework

In this lesson, students read and analyze The Autobiography of Malcolm X, chapter 7, pages 114–120 (from “Especially after the nightclubs downtown closed, the taxis and black limousines would be driving uptown” to “my boss and his wife in a gambling house they opened”). In this section of the text, Malcolm Little is fully entrenched in the bustle of Harlem, but as he describes, racial tensions and unrest are beginning to unsettle the neighborhood. Students read and annotate this section of text for central ideas, tracing how events develop these central ideas.

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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...
RI.11-12.3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas,...
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...