In this first lesson of the unit, students listen to a masterful reading of “Letter One” of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, in which Rilke responds to a young poet’s search for guidance. Next, students reread the excerpt and participate in small-group discussions to analyze how Rilke unfolds important ideas, such as the relationship between criticism and art and the intangible and inexpressible nature of art.
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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 EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 1.
Available from engageny.org/resource/grade-9-ela-module-1-unit-2-lesson-1; accessed 2015-05-29.
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