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lesson 9
1 hour

Building Background Knowledge: Vietnam as “Battleground in a Larger Struggle”


Students revisit “The Vietnam Wars,” which they worked with in Lessons 6 and 7; be sure students have their texts, or prepare new ones. Throughout the module, reinforce how important it is for students to keep track of their texts. Their annotations provide a record of their thinking and learning. And they will often revisit a text multiple times across a module. This lesson hones in on one “big idea” regarding the conflict in Vietnam: how the country became a battleground in the broader struggle related to communism.


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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 9. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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