Letter from Birmingham Jail BUNDLE: Rhetorical Analysis Close Reading Unit & PPT

Carla McLeod
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9th - 12th, Higher Education
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    For simple, effective ways to use this PDF-based resource in Distance Learning, click here.

    Use Martin Luther King Jr.’s impassioned “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (a CCSS exemplar text) to practice close reading and other key Common Core skills, including analyzing a seminal U.S. text and evaluating rhetorical strategies.

    Save over 30% by purchasing this comprehensive bundle of three products (also sold separately) that includes:


    Hook your students from the start as they take a stand (literally!) on controversial statements related to themes in “Letter," vote with their feet, and present arguments on the fly. Students LOVE this engaging activity that gets them moving AND thinking deeply and debating about important topics!


    Fully editable PowerPoint providing the background necessary for students to fully understand and appreciate King’s letter, including a walk-though of events leading up to his writing, link to an engaging and informative background video, warm-up journal prompts and a list of challenging vocabulary words and their definitions. (Also provided as a PDF to prevent any technical issues or loss of fonts).


    Detailed 3-7 day Lesson Plan—with step-by step instructions, including thought-provoking pre-reading journal prompts, “think-aloud” modeling for close reading, and options for struggling readers and English Language Learners

    Comprehension Questions (also sold separately)--to ensure understanding of main idea and key details as students read

    Glossary of Rhetorical Strategies—includes definitions and examples of rhetorical appeals and devices for student reference and review

    Vocabulary Inventory—to introduce new words, determine which ones students need most help with pre-reading, and monitor growth after instruction

    Vocabulary Building—to help students learn new vocabulary by connecting to words in a meaningful way

    SOAPSTone Analysis Chart—to help students clarify and organize their ideas to prepare for any in-class discussions or writing tasks.

    Rhetorical Analysis Handout—students cite the best examples of a variety of rhetorical appeals and devices. Great as an individual or group activity.

    Reader Response—students summarize and reflect upon their learning by writing about their discoveries and how they fit into the larger picture of the piece

    Essay Prompts/Discussion Questions—to further extend their learning, students are presented with a list of questions that can be used for class discussion or as essay prompts

    Essay Organizer—a graphic organizer that can be used for essay planning

    Essay Rubric—to set clear expectations for student writing and make grading a breeze

    Detailed Answer Keys—to generally make your life easier


    Wait! Want to save even more? This product is sold as part of the following 150+ page Rhetoric Mega-Bundle which also includes introductory PowerPoints, activities and handouts for Rhetorical Appeals and Rhetorical Devices:

    Rhetoric Mega-Bundle: Introduction to Rhetorical Appeals & Devices, and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Unit


    This resource can be used in whole or part to help students connect to King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” while practicing the skills to master several Common Core State Standards.

    Common Core Standards Covered

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1 (Citing textual evidence)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2 (Determining central idea of informational text)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4 (Determining meaning of words, including connotation and how it impacts tone)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.6 (Determining author’s purpose and how rhetoric advances it)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.8 (Evaluating argument and reasoning within a text)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.9 (Analyzing a seminal U.S. document)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2 (Writing informational/explanatory texts)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4 (Producing clear, coherent writing appropriate to task)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1 (Participating in collaborative discussion)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.3 (Evaluating speaker’s point of view and use of rhetoric)

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    Keywords: Rhetoric, ethos, pathos, logos, rhetorical appeals, rhetorical devices, rhetorical analysis, close reading, persuasive writing, Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK, Black History Month, seminal U.S. document, non-fiction text, informational text, nonfiction,

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