Grade 12 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 1

Student asking a question

In this first lesson of the unit, students begin analysis of Leslie Marmon Silko’s personal narrative essay, “Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit.” Students listen to a masterful reading of the full text before analyzing the first three paragraphs of the essay (from “From the time I was a small child” through “Many worlds may coexist here”), in which Silko introduces the reader to her family history and Laguna Pueblo heritage. Students explore how Silko structures the beginning of her text, analyzing how she engages and orients the reader.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.11-12.5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or...
W.11-12.3.a Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its...
L.11-12.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or...