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lesson 16
1 hour

Epigraph: The Crying of Water


In this lesson, students reread and briefly analyze “The Crying of Water,” a poem by Arthur Symons and the epigraph to “Of Our Spiritual Strivings.” Students identify and explore related or similar ideas and images in Symons’s poem and “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” in their analysis of how the poem contributes to the overall meaning and tone of the text. After analyzing the poem, students revisit the text as a whole and work in groups to analyze how Du Bois uses figurative language or rhetoric to develop a central idea in the text. This work directly prepares students for the Mid-Unit Assessment in the following lesson.


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