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lesson 13
1 hour

Images of Freedom Across Time and Place


In this lesson, students read and analyze the poem “Freedom” by Rabindranath Tagore in dialogue with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Students explore how Tagore begins to develop a central idea through specific textual details, in particular the images that he develops in relation to freedom. Additionally, students use Tagore’s poem to reflect upon the way in which King develops similar ideas in his letter. Students engage in an evidence-based discussion before completing a Quick Write on Tagore and King’s use of imagery to develop a common idea.


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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 13. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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