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unit 1
26 Instructional days (26 hours)

Analyzing Use of Rhetoric


Students analyze two seminal texts about African Americans in post Emancipation America. Students begin this unit by reading “Of Our Spiritual Strivings,” the first chapter of W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk. Student analysis focuses on how Du Bois develops his point of view that African Americans must obtain the full civil rights of “culture, work, and liberty” in order to achieve social equality. Next, students analyze Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise Speech,” considering how Washington develops his point of view that economic security is more important than social integration in improving the conditions of African Americans and their relations with white Southerners. Read together, these texts form a compelling conversation, in which each author presents a nuanced argument for the crucial role of African Americans in post-Emancipation America.


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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 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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