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unit 3
20 Instructional days (20 hours)

Evidence-Based Discussion and Writing with Shakespeare


In this unit, students continue to develop habits and skills related to close reading, annotation, using evidence, building vocabulary, and participating in structured discussion, and they do so with text that is more qualitatively complex than in earlier units. This may be students’ first exposure to Shakespeare and the format of a play, so instruction will include a focus on Shakespeare’s use of language and on the organization of the play. Students will study the structure of his language and speeches for craft and impact on character development.


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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 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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