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lesson 5
1 hour

Mid-Unit Assessment: Tracing the Development of a Claim


In this Mid-Unit Assessment, students use textual evidence from paragraphs 1–15 of Julia Alvarez’s “A Genetics of Justice” to craft a formal, multi-paragraph essay identifying Alvarez’s claim in paragraph 15 and addressing how she develops this claim. Students review their annotated text, lesson Quick Writes, discussion notes, and homework notes to organize their ideas. Students then develop their essays with relevant and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, and quotations.


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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 5. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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