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unit 1
12 Instructional days (12 hours)

Building Background Knowledge: Segregation in the United States


In this first unit, students begin reading the central text A Mighty Long Way, by Carlotta Walls Lanier. This text builds background knowledge of the Little Rock Nine and provides insights into the personal journey of one of the Nine. Students will trace Carlotta’s journey for justice, as well as her emotional journey to come to terms with her experiences.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 3B, Unit 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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