Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 9


In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 27–31 of “A Genetics of Justice” in which Alvarez describes her choice to become a writer and the challenges she faces when she decides to publish a novel critical of Trujillo’s dictatorship. Students explore how portions of the text develop and refine Alvarez’s ideas and claims. Additionally, students analyze the powerful family moment and reflection Alvarez uses to conclude the essay.

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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.9-10.5 Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences...
L.9-10.5.a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the...

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