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lesson 13
1 hour

The Power of DuBois' Style and Content


In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraph 11 of “Of Our Spiritual Strivings,” in which Du Bois further develops the meaning of the word prejudice and the impact it has on the African American community. Students analyze Du Bois’s use of rhetoric, and consider how his style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text. Additionally, students practice using appropriate transitions to create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among ideas.


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