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lesson 4
1 hour

Developing Character


In this lesson, students read and analyze lines 31–43 from “My Last Duchess,” in which the Duke states that he never “stooped” to blame his wife for her actions. Students engage in an evidence-based discussion about the meaning of these lines and how Browning develops the Duke’s character in these lines. Students read and analyze new writing standards W.11-12.2.b and W.11-12.5, assessing their own understanding of the standard on the Common Core Learning Standards Tool.


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