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4 October: King Close Reading


I can improve my annotation skills and write to analyze a challenging text by exploring how the author uses rhetoric using textual evidence to support my claims (RI 1/2).

Entry Task:

As you come into class, prepare to play a round of Booket or Match Slap to focus on vocabulary list 2.

What’s Going On:

Today we will continue developing our close reading skills by moving on to a letter by Martin Luther King Jr. Together we will watch a series of videos to understand the work of King and discuss the history surrounding his arrest. (Bio video & Birmingham Campaign video)

Drawing on this history, together we will read & discuss the rhetorical situation of “A Call for Unity” to understand who wrote it, why they wrote it, and how it inspired a response from King while he was in jail.

You will then independently close read King’s response “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Be sure to have a yellow, green, and blue colored pencil and annotate with your own responses and using the guiding prompts.

Exit Task:

Read through your annotations and complete the analytical summary using the guided CCC format. Turn this in for feedback and clean up around you.


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