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Lesson 2: Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech at Stanford

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.6

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“To Failure” by Philip Larkin uses imagery and a negative tone to communicate the strong feelings of suffering due to failure. “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes reiterates the concept of perseverance, as seen in Steve Jobs’ speech read in Lesson 1. The poem conveys the reality of life—failure is a part of success. Both poems (“To Failure” and “Mother to Son”) provide descriptions of setbacks and hardships, which Jobs describes as something he learned to overcome. (RL.6.9) Focusing on the lessons Jobs learned as he faced hardships on his journey to success, students compare these poems to the anchor text and discuss how the three different texts explain what it takes to be successful. (RL.6.2, RL.6.6, RI.6.2, RI.6.5)
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