Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 11

Chapter 10 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X introduces readers to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Discussion questions focusing on syntax and diction draw attention to how Malcolm X's point of view of Mr. Muhammad changes.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • To prepare for the homework prompt, ask readers to note how Malcolm X comes to recognize his strengths and weaknesses
Classroom Considerations
  • The 11th 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 for the college Common Application
  • A protocol must be in place that permits a safe, respectful discussion of emotionally charged and controversial topics


  • The 14-page packet includes a detailed plan, an exercise that links the book to the personal narrative class members have been drafting, discussion question and sample responses, and a homework assignment
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