Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 2

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In this unit, students engage with Julia Alvarez’s autobiographical essay, “A Genetics of Justice,” continuing to build skills for close reading and analysis as well developing their understanding of the concept of human rights as represented in literary nonfiction. Students encounter Alvarez’s evocation of the struggle to memorialize the horrors of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in “A Genetics of Justice” alongside Mark Memmott’s more journalistic approach to the topic in “Remembering To Never Forget” in order to consider how authors present details to develop different portrayals of Trujillo.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text,...
RI.9-10.3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in...
RI.9-10.5 Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences...

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