Description: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Demonstrate knowledge of foundational works of European literature with a concentration in British literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 9A


9A: Comparing/Contrasting

9A: Comparing/Contrasting

Description: Compare, Contrast, and/or Integrate

✓ standard met

Selection: L-37


Grade level: 12
Word count: 2368 words
Author: Joe Novelli
Synopsis: Once prohibited, capoeira is now celebrated as one of Brazil's most popular national sports.
Excerpt: Slave owners often tore families apart, forcing them to live and work with people from different countries and tribes. This way all of those in captivity spoke different languages. If slaves could not communicate, they could not organize themselves effectively to work toward their freedom.

Workers on Brazilian plantations were also prohibited from practicing martial arts and other cultural traditions. It was against the slave owners' best interests to let their captive workforce learn anything that would help them escape.

Question: How do these two excerpts work together?
  1. They both illustrate methods that slave owners used to keep slaves from organizing and fighting back.
  2. They both highlight how slaves could communicate with one another across language barriers.
  3. They both demonstrate why slave owners were not overly concerned with slaves practicing capoeira.
  4. They both show the ruthlessness of the Portuguese slave owners in Brazil during the 1900s.

✓ standard met

Writing prompt: Use a Venn diagram to compare two non-fiction selections on the same topic.


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