You are using an outdated browser and it's not supported. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

lesson 1
1 hour

Impact of word choice on meaning and tone


In this first lesson of grade 11, students are introduced to Accountable Independent Reading (AIR) and close reading for textual details. Students begin an exploration of Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess.” They listen to a masterful reading of the poem and begin to analyze the first 8 lines of this text. In evidence-based discussion, students analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone in the introductory lines of the poem (RL.11-12.4). Students learn to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support their analysis.


There may be cases when our downloadable resources contain hyperlinks to other websites. These hyperlinks lead to websites published or operated by third parties. UnboundEd and EngageNY are not responsible for the content, availability, or privacy policies of these websites.

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 11 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
© 2014 Public Consulting Group. UnboundEd is not affiliated with the copyright holder of this work.