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lesson 13
1 hour

Analyzing Theme: The Invisibility of Captives during WWII


In this lesson, students continue to address the question of how war affects individuals and societies by analyzing the theme concept of “invisibility” in a complex scene in Unbroken. The work in this lesson builds toward Lesson 14, during which students will receive the prompt for the End of Unit 2 Assessment (Informational Essay and Commentary: The Invisibility of Captives during WWII) and begin to select the strongest evidence from Unbroken and “The Life of Miné Okubo” to include in their essays. Since students have not worked with “The Life of Miné Okubo” in several lessons, today’s Written Conversation will re-familiarize them with that text.


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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 3A, Unit 2, Lesson 13. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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