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Day 3: "Ain't I a Woman?"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.8
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In the first two lessons, students analyzed how Sojourner Truth used language to create an informal tone, connect with audience members, and engage their attention for the purpose of influencing their thinking. In this lesson, students will dig deeper into the text to discover how Sojourner Truth develops her argument in favor of suffrage rights by using questioning to develop a strong emotional argument and present herself as the victim of an unjust social system. Students will be prompted to think about how Truth uses one question which has an obvious answer coupled with examples from her own life to draw parallels and distinctions between individuals. By synthesizing information from the personal details of Truth's life, students should recognize that being born female has never guaranteed her protection or justice. All this sets the stage for the next lesson in which students are asked to identify the central idea of Truth's speech. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students
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