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Poetry Close Reading of "Declaration"

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Sharp Secondary Literacy
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9th - 12th
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Sharp Secondary Literacy
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This resource guides students through a study of Phillip Williams's poem, "Declaration," which was written for Chicago Magazine in honor of National Poetry Month. The poem's thematic focus is the dual nature of Chicago, a city deeply divided by racial disparities. This resource would be appropriate for use during a unit on slam poetry, spoken word, a study of racial segregation/discrimination, or even on Chicago history.

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Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

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