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lesson 3
1 hour

Seeing, Hearing, and Comparing Genres: A Poem and a Letter


Lesson 3 is similar in structure to Lesson 1 and prepares students for their mid-unit assessment in Lesson 4. Students begin the lesson by rereading the concrete poem “The Thank-You Letter” from Technically, It’s Not My Fault. After reading the poem, they listen to its audio version and compare the two experiences. Students prepare for the small group discussion portion of the mid-unit assessment by writing their group norms for the discussion. They also add to the Effective Discussions anchor chart by adding sentence stems for considering others’ perspectives in a 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 6 Module 2B, Unit 3, Lesson 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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