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lesson 3
1 hour

Structural Choices


Students analyze the third section of E. B. White’s “Death of a Pig,” in which White moves between ruminating on the deterioration of his pig and his own state of mind and recounting a humorous conversation with and visit from the veterinarian. Through collaborative discussion, students analyze how White’s ideas are developed in this section by particular sentences, paragraphs, and structural choices such as the order of events, use of dialogue, use of comparison, and patterns of language including repetition of key words and phrases.


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