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lesson 1
1 hour

Personal Narrative Essay


Students begin analysis of “Death of a Pig.” Students listen to a masterful reading of the full text and then analyze specific word choices in the first section of the essay, in which White introduces the reader to the pig and sets the stage for the pig’s death. Students review the characteristics of a personal narrative essay and consider the impact of word choice on the development of the humorous and mournful tones interwoven throughout the text. Students also analyze White’s use of the word tragedy in the context of the essay’s events.


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