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unit 3
8 hours

Anonymity Runs In Their Blood


In this unit, students engage with Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, building skills for close reading and analysis of nonfiction. Students learn to approach informational texts by analyzing an author’s use of evidence and rhetoric to support her point of view. Students read an excerpt from A Room of One’s Own that considers what would have happened to a woman of Shakespeare’s genius during Shakespeare’s time. Woolf poses a hypothetical sister of Shakespeare and uses both specific and more general forms of argument to make the case that the absence of great female writers from this period is an effect of the social pressures on them and the opportunities denied them.

In this unit, students also focus on strengthening their writing as well as building their skills for civil and productive conversation. In both forums, students learn to articulate analysis backed by ample references to the text, while also learning to engage in a critical, democratic dialogue with peers. Students examine previous texts in this module in light of Woolf’s essay, developing the critical skill of analysis across texts in order to form a more coherent understanding of the voice of the disenfranchised, in particular, as represented in literature.


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