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Day 4: "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.8.2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.6
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The purpose of this lesson is to have students identify the central idea of Sojourner Truth's speech. Since the central idea is never explicitly stated, students will need to use inferential reasoning to answer the focus question. They will be asked to connect ideas throughout the first three paragraphs of the text to conclude that Sojourner Truth uses examples from her own life to call attention to the problem of gender and racial inequality. Students should be prompted to keep the context of the speech in mind as they generate an answer to the question; consider who the speaker is, what the speaker is saying, and why she is saying it. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students
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