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unit 2
25 Instructional days (25 hours)

Tho This Be Madness, Yet There Is Method In't


In this unit, students continue to develop skills, practices, and routines that will be used on a regular basis in the English Language Arts classroom throughout the year: reading closely, annotating text, collaborative discussion, and evidence‐based writing. Students continue to practice an approach to close reading that develops their ability to critically analyze texts for deep meaning and collect and analyze evidence for use in writing and discussion.

Students further develop close reading skills as they examine Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The tragedy of Hamlet develops many central ideas, including revenge, mortality, madness, and the tension between action and inaction. Students analyze the play through the close study of Hamlet’s soliloquies and other key scenes to determine how Shakespeare’s language and choices about how to structure the play impact character development and central ideas. The showing of a filmed version of the play in select lessons supplements students’ understanding of plot and background points and encourages them to consider actors’ interpretations of the text.


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