English Language Arts: Perspectives on Poverty

(line 1) Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), a lawyer and civic leader, is often quoted as having (line 2) said “poverty is the worst form of violence” . James Baldwin (1924-1987), a     (line 3) writer, says this about poverty: “anyone who has ever struggled with poverty (line 4) knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor”.  Aristotle (384-322 BCE), a (line 5) philosopher, wrote in his volume Politics: A Treatise on Government, “poverty  (line 6) is the cause of sedition and evil”.

Baldwin 1979

Develop an argument about how all three quotes are related. Consider all evidence provided in the text including the timeline/lifespan for each speaker/author.

Common Core Text Types & Purposes (Grades 6-12) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence; Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence


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