EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 3, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Powerful Stories—Slavery in America
An awareness of historical context and author’s purpose are key to understanding informational text. The 15 lessons in the Module 3, Unit 1 collection provide seventh graders with background information about slavery and the debate over slavery. A close reading of excerpts from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas encourages learners to apply what they have learned about context and author’s purpose to analyze the tools like word choice and figurative language writers use to give a text its power. The collection includes a mid-unit and final assessment.