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unit 2
13 Instructional days (13 hours)

For One Does Not Alter History Without Conviction


In this unit, students revisit and further develop many of the foundational skills, practices, and routines that they explored in Unit 1: close reading, annotating text, vocabulary acquisition, and evidence-based discussion and writing. Students continue to consider how authors develop central ideas, this time through fiction rather than poetry, as they read and analyze Ethan Canin’s “The Palace Thief.” Students’ skills and analysis culminate in a written response that formally evaluates the relationship between complex characters and central ideas.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 10 ELA Module 1, Unit 2. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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