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unit 1
19 Instructional days (19 hours)

Building Background Knowledge: Taking a Stand


Students are introduced to the theme of taking a stand by reading speeches given by people who stand up for a cause to better others. These speeches include Shirley Chisholm’s “Equal Rights for Women” and Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” For both speeches, students will analyze the central idea and supporting details, how the structure contributes to the meaning and style, the speaker’s claims and supporting evidence, and how the speaker addresses counterclaims.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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