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unit 3
5 hours

The Nature of Princes


Students read excerpts from Niccolò Machiavelli’s political treatise, The Prince. Students use the skills, practices, and routines that they have developed throughout the year to identify central ideas and consider rhetoric and point of view. Students continue to read closely, annotate texts, and collect and analyze evidence in order to support evidence-based writing. As students work with The Prince, they consider new central ideas and reconsider central ideas present in texts they read earlier in the module, such as morality and the relationship between appearance and reality. The Unit concludes with a discussion that requires students to apply concepts from The Prince, a nonfiction text, to the fictional character of Macbeth, considering how Machiavelli’s ideas about effective leadership apply to the fictional King of Scotland.


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