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unit 1
15 Instructional days (15 hours)

Using Seed Texts as Springboards to Research


In this unit, students read excerpts from Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The text serves two primary functions: first, students analyze how Skloot unfolds and draws connections between key events and ideas in the text while developing and refining her central ideas; and second, the text is a seed text that students use to surface and explore potential research topics. Students identify and track these topics, which become springboards to the inquiry-based research process that continues in the following unit. Additionally, students are introduced to posing and refining inquiry questions about their topic for the purpose of guiding their initial research. Students begin to analyze authors’ perspectives and arguments during their early research, while also beginning to work on developing initial claims themselves.


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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 3, Unit 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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