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unit 1
10 hours

Using Seed Texts as Springboards to Research


In this unit, students read Chapter 1 of Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson’s, Animals in Translation. The text serves two primary functions: first, students analyze how Temple Grandin develops and refines her central ideas as they read; and second, the text is a seed text that students use to uncover and explore potential research topics that emerge from it. Students identify and track these topics, which become springboards to the inquiry-based research process that continues in the following unit. Additionally, students are introduced to posing and refining inquiry questions about their topic for the purpose of guiding their initial research.


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