You are using an outdated browser and it's not supported. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

lesson 5
1 hour

Delineating the Argument


In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 10–11 of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which King lays out the necessary urgency with which his group approaches their direct, nonviolent action in opposition to segregation. Students analyze these paragraphs to delineate his argument and claims and assess the sufficiency of his supporting evidence. In groups, students engage in a thorough reading and discussion of the text. The lesson ends with a Quick Write on the following prompt: Delineate the argument and specific claims in paragraphs 10–11. Assess whether King’s evidence is relevant and sufficient.


There may be cases when our downloadable resources contain hyperlinks to other websites. These hyperlinks lead to websites published or operated by third parties. UnboundEd and EngageNY are not responsible for the content, availability, or privacy policies of these websites.

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 5. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
© 2014 Public Consulting Group. UnboundEd is not affiliated with the copyright holder of this work.