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lesson 8
1 hour

Development of the Plot: Impending Danger and Turmoil


In this lesson, students again focus on Ha’s experience of and perspective about the events going on around her—in this case, the impending fall of Saigon. Review pages 22–41 in the novel. Be prepared to help students bridge from “The Vietnam Wars” article they have been reading—which provides big-picture context about Vietnam—to the sense of escalating violence as described in the novel. The background knowledge students began to build in Lessons 6 and 7 prepares students to better understand Ha’s experiences in this portion of 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.



From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 8. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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