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lesson 1
1 hour

Unfolding a Series of Ideas


In this first lesson of the unit, students read and analyze paragraphs 1–6 of Julia Alvarez’s “A Genetics of Justice” in which Alvarez begins to provide her reason for writing the essay and to explain the dictator Rafael Trujillo’s impact on her mother. Students engage in small group discussions and analyze how Alvarez unfolds Trujillo’s impact on her mother’s life in her essay. Student learning culminates in a Quick Write that requires students to analyze how Alvarez begins to unfold a series of 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 2, Unit 2, Lesson 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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