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lesson 2
1 hour

Annotation and Discussion


Students continue their study of Browning’s “My Last Duchess,” building their close reading skills through an exploration of lines 5–21 of the poem. At the same time, they are introduced to the important skill of text annotation, which they then practice. They listen to a masterful reading of the relevant section of the poem before annotating the text in pairs and engaging in small group discussion. In doing so, they will also be introduced to the addressed standard of the lesson SL.11-12.1.b, which they will read in order to create a class checklist for the elements of a civil and democratic discussion.


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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 11 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 2. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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