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Lesson 6: Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech at Stanford

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.3a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/6/3/a
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.3b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/6/3/b
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/6/4/a
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/6/4/b
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4c http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/6/4/c
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/6/4/d
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/6/5/b
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5c http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/6/5/c
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.10 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/6/10
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/6/4

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In lesson 6, students reread Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 and the article "What It Takes to Be Great" from Fortune Magazine. Rereading them here allows students to compare and contrast the two depictions of success. Students evaluate whether Jobs’ advice reflects “what it takes to be great” and analyze the language of the texts to understand the way each author builds his argument. Students conclude by writing a response to a key lesson Jobs conveys through his speech, and then present their analysis to the class.
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