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lesson 2
1 hour

How DuBois Introduces and Develops Key Ideas


In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 1 and 2 of “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” in which Du Bois writes of the “strange experience” of “being a problem” in America (par. 2). Students analyze how Du Bois introduces key ideas, and consider how these ideas interact and develop over the course of this excerpt. Additionally, students are introduced to the Ideas Tracking Tool, which they will use throughout the unit to record how Du Bois unfolds a complex series of ideas throughout his essay.


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