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lesson 1
1 hour

Complex Relationships: Hundert and Sedgewick


In this first lesson of the unit, students are introduced to a new text, “The Palace Thief,” a short story by Ethan Canin. Students continue to build the reading skills they began in 10.1.1 as they read and analyze pages 155–160 of “The Palace Thief.” Students pay particular attention to how Canin introduces the character of the narrator, Hundert, and explore how the narrator’s first impressions of Sedgewick develop the complex relationship between teacher and student.


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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, Lesson 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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