Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 1

Students Graduating

In this first lesson of the unit, students read and analyze paragraphs 1–6 of Julia Alvarez’s “A Genetics of Justice” in which Alvarez begins to provide her reason for writing the essay and to explain the dictator Rafael Trujillo’s impact on her mother. Students engage in small group discussions and analyze how Alvarez unfolds Trujillo’s impact on her mother’s life in her essay. Student learning culminates in a Quick Write that requires students to analyze how Alvarez begins to unfold a series of ideas.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in...
L.9-10.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or...

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