Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 23

Malcolm X's journey to Cairo, his Hajj, his Letter from Mecca detailing his insights into "true Islam," and his transition to Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, are the focus of the discussion of chapter 17 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Project images of Malcolm X's journey to Cairo and of a Hajj
Classroom Considerations
  • A protocol must be in place for the safe, respectful discussion of controversial topics
  • The 23rd 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
  • The 16-page packet includes procedures, discussion questions with sample responses, and a homework assignment
  • Common Core designed
Cons
  • No transition is provided to the personal writing strand and the college essay prompt