Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 20

The March on Washington takes center stage in the discussion of chapter 15 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X; however, class members are presented with an entirely different view of the march from ones they have previously studied. Readers examine the techniques Haley uses to make Malcolm X's comments clear, convincing, and engaging.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have readers journal their response to Malcolm X's assessment of the March on Washington, and then share their journals in groups
  • Show a video of the March on Washington and have class members consider the video in light of Malcolm X's assessment of the March
Classroom Considerations

  • A protocol must be in place for the safe, respectful discussion of controversial topics
  • The 19th in a 28-lesson unit on narrative writing that uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as an anchor text, and as a model for the personal narrative required on the college Common Application
Pros

  • Designed for Common Core
  • The nine-page packet includes the lesson, discussion questions and model responses, and a homework assignment
Cons

  • None
Common Core