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Day 1: "Ain't I a Woman?"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/8/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/8/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/8/4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/8/5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/8/6
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The purpose of this lesson is to analyze how the author uses words and phrases to create an informal tone and engage an audience. Readers begin by using text features to identify the speaker, audience, and setting of Sojourner Truth's historic "Ain't I A Woman?" speech. They will analyze how the speaker interacts with audience members and how these interactions contribute to tone and audience engagement. The culminating focus question requires students to connect pieces of evidence across the entire text to summarize how the author's words and phrases impact the tone of the speech. This lesson sets the stage for deeper exploration of the meaning and tone of the author's message. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students
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