In this lesson, students read “Women,” a poem by contemporary writer Alice Walker. Students work in pairs to analyze Walker’s poem before working in small groups to consider how the poem develops ideas similar to those that Martin Luther King, Jr. developed in “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” After a brief, whole-class discussion, teachers assess student learning via a Quick Write asking students to explain how Walker develops a central idea also present in King’s letter.
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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 EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 19.
Available from engageny.org/resource/grade-10-ela-module-2-unit-1-lesson-19; accessed 2015-05-29.
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