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unit 2
10 hours

No Flies Into A Closed Mouth


In this unit, students engage with Julia Alvarez’s autobiographical essay, “A Genetics of Justice,” continuing to build skills for close reading and analysis as well developing their understanding of the concept of human rights as represented in literary nonfiction. Students encounter Alvarez’s evocation of the struggle to memorialize the horrors of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in “A Genetics of Justice” alongside Mark Memmott’s more journalistic approach to the topic in “Remembering To Never Forget” in order to consider how authors present details to develop different portrayals of Trujillo.


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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 2, Unit 2. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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