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lesson 14
1 hour

The Church's Position


In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 26–33 of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King criticizes the white church for its failure to take a stance. Students discuss how King unfolds his analysis of the church’s position and the way in which he orders his points. Following this discussion, the lesson culminates in a Quick Write on the following prompt: How does King unfold his analysis of the church in paragraphs 26–33?


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