Characterization and Nonfiction: Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?"

This Characterization and Nonfiction: Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" lesson plan also includes:

What does a speech reveal about the speaker? Pupils explore this question and more as they conduct a close reading of Sojourner Truth's speech. Class members activate a series of skills related to the Common Core as they analyze the text, including citing textual evidence, writing analytical commentary, using research skills, and executing a questioning strategy. 

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CCSS: Designed

  • The strategies listed can be used with this text or other texts
  • Sojourner Truth's speech is engaging and expresses a powerful message
  • Plan is well designed and includes graphic organizers, worksheets, guided questions, and the text itself

  • The plan assumes that learners are familiar with levels of questioning; add in some instruction on this if your class is not familiar with these concepts
  • While the plan includes four writing prompts, they need added scaffolding
  • Many learners might need more than the allotted time to complete all of the activities