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lesson 14
1 hour

Claims and Counter-Claims


In this lesson, students build upon the evidence collection work done in the previous lesson by engaging in a group discussion that validates their understanding of evidence used to support claims found in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Within expert groups, students take turns presenting their claim and evidence to the other members of their group, allowing time for counterclaims and clarifying questions. As an assessment, students write a paragraph response that synthesizes their understanding of supporting evidence with their ability to identify a claim in the text, and determine whether the evidence provided is relevant and sufficient.


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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, Lesson 14. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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