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lesson 1
1 hour

Making Inferences: The Fall of Saigon


This first lesson is designed as an inquiry-based approach to “hook” students into the first unit of Module 1 through pictures, a text-based activity, and a read-aloud. Do not use this lesson to “give away” the first unit (i.e., do not tell them they are going to read a novel that starts with this particular historical event). Instead focus on the skill of inferring, helping students to understand how their background knowledge helps them make sense of things not directly stated in the text. It is fine at this point if the details are not “adding up” for students; in coming lessons, and throughout the module, they will circle back to many of the ideas that they are initially exposed to in this lesson.


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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 8, Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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