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lesson 12
1 hour

Refining His Claim


In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 24–25 of “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King refines his claim about himself as an extremist and expresses his disappointment in the white moderate. Students engage in an evidence-based discussion to analyze how King shifts his thinking about being an extremist and how he uses this shift to express his disappointment. At the end of the lesson, students complete a Quick Write on the following prompt: How does King use paragraphs 24–25 to refine his claim in paragraphs 22–23?


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 12. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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