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lesson 7
1 hour

Building Background Knowledge (Continued)


Lesson 7 continues the arc of instruction begun in Lesson 6; here, students work more independently with sections 2-4 of the same article, “The Vietnam Wars.” Note that the final section of the article, “Doc Lap at Last,” is addressed in Lessons 9 and 10. Continue to remind yourself and students of the purpose of reading these middle sections of this dense informational text: to build basic background knowledge about the history of wars in Vietnam. Students do NOT need to understand every twist and turn in this long complex history. Continue to focus them on the main idea, and encourage them to consider how this informational text is helping them understand the novel.


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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.



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