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Excerpt of "By Any Means Necessary" by Malcolm X with annotation questions

Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Higher Education
Formats Included
  • Word Document File
5 pages
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Excerpt of Malcolm X's address to the Oxford Union Debate, December 3rd, 1974 as published online. Link to original publication included. Original speech is excerpted to showcase specific rhetorical choices and for length. Cuts are indicated with an elipsis.

The excerpted speech contains annotation markers and embedded questions requiring AP Lang level analysis, of the author's rhetoric, while reading the speech. These questions should be answered in the margins, which encourages annotation while reading and helps students to break down and comprehend what they are reading while also asking them to dig into the author's rhetorical choices.
Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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