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unit 2
27 Instructional days (27 hours)

“There’s no art / To find the mind’s construction in the face”


In this unit, students continue to develop the skills, practices, and routines that they have been using in the English Language Arts classroom throughout the year: reading closely, annotating text, collaborative discussion, and evidence-based writing. Students develop these close reading skills as they examine Shakespeare’s Macbeth. They also continue to develop their oral presentation and argument writing skills through a series of activities across the course of the unit.

The tragedy of Macbeth develops many central ideas, including imbalance and disorder, contemplating mortality, the role of fate and agency, and the relationship between appearance and reality. Students analyze the play in its entirety to determine how Shakespeare’s language and choices about how to structure the play impact character development and central ideas.


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