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LDC Literature (ELA) Assignments

Our exemplary ELA modules and mini-tasks have been written, field-tested, and vetted by ELA teachers around the country. Try one in your classroom!


Multi-week assignments that incorporate a number of smaller mini-tasks, all building toward a robust piece of writing done in response to reading.


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English Language Arts

Module 1

Words Matter

Because the way you grow old is kind of like an onion or like the rings inside a tree trunk or like my little wooden dolls that fit one inside the other, each year inside the next one."
—From the anchor text Eleven, by Sandra Cisneros
Module 2

Women's Rights

From the time of absolute despotism to the present hour of comparative freedom, the weak had ever to struggle against the strong, right against might.”
—From the anchor text Ain’t I a Woman by Sojourner Truth
Module 3

The Art of Persuasion

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.”
—From the anchor text I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.