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What are some possible thesis statements and supporting evidence for an essay on "Learning to Read" by Malcolm X?

Possible thesis statements for "Learning to Read" could focus on the importance of prison literacy education and could be supported by Malcolm's own statement that reading liberated him, as well as the fact that he abandoned a criminal life upon his release.

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There’s plenty of theses you could create from Malcolm X’s personal, thought-provoking essay on discovering reading and books. Here are some ideas:

  • One possible thesis: Malcolm X’s essay demonstrates that you don’t have to go to college to be well educated.

In the final paragraph of the essay, X tells how a London writer once asked him where he went to college. X replied, “Books.” That exchange demonstrates that colleges and higher education do not have a monopoly on knowledge. It’s possible to receive a comprehensive, thorough education on your own or in spaces not attached to schools. Indeed, X shows that critical learning can happen anywhere, including in prisons.

  • A second possible thesis: Malcolm X’s essay demonstrates the physicality of learning and reading.

One detail that continually captives me is when X tells how he starts to copy the first page of the dictionary onto his tablet. This indicates how learning and reading can be aggressive, physical endeavors. You can...

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