Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 11

The speaker of Audre Lorde's poem "From the House of Yemanjá" describes her mother's two faces, adding a whole new meaning to the phrase two-faced. Pupils first read the final stanza of the contemporary poem. With a Quick Write, they analyze how the author develops central ideas, such as the concept of a dual identity, throughout the text.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite small groups to discuss what it means to have a dual identity
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson 11 of 14 from the Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2 series
  • Students may need additional blank copies of the Short Response Rubric and Checklist
  • Addresses Common Core standards for writing, reading, vocabulary, and listening and speaking
  • Provides ideas for lesson differentiation 
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