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unit 3
13 Instructional days (13 hours)

The Development Of Central Ideas Across Texts


Students read “True Crime: The roots of an American obsession,” an article from Newsweek that examines humanity’s relationship with guilt; “How Bernard Madoff Did It,” a book review of The Wizard of Lies; and an excerpt from the nonfiction book, The Wizard of Lies, which examines the downfall of white-collar criminal Bernard Madoff. These three texts complement each other in their treatment of guilt and people’s fascination with crime. In this unit, students focus on peer reviewing and revising their writing. The End-of-Unit Assessment in this unit is an evidence-based discussion, which offers students the opportunity to verbally articulate claims. In this forum, students will be asked to make connections across unit texts, particularly in relation to the development of central ideas.


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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 2, Unit 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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