Description: Key Ideas and Details 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.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 8B


8B: Reasoning

8B: Reasoning

Description: Reasoning

✓ standard met

Selection: L-2


Grade level: 12
Word count: 2262 words
Author: Beth Renaud
Synopsis: The Harlem Renaissance brought talented African American writers and artists into the mainstream of American culture.
Excerpt: The intention of artists, thinkers, and political activists during the Harlem Renaissance was partially to "uplift the race" -- to elevate black people's self-esteem by celebrating black history, culture, intellect, and talent. Naturally, a group of people inspired by these role models and armed with self-esteem would be more resistant to discrimination and more willing to confront the system than those who were demoralized.

Question: In the end, the Harlem Renaissance gave African Americans a sense of
  1. empowerment.
  2. futility.
  3. stoicism.
  4. entitlement.

✓ standard met

Writing prompt: Do people learn by studying the past? Use details from a selection you have read, as well as your reasoning skills, to support your answer.


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