Grade 10 ELA Module 4, Unit 1

Boy asking question

Students read E. B. White’s personal essay “Death of a Pig.” Students analyze how White unfolds and draws connections between key events and ideas in the text while developing and refining his central ideas. Students examine the text for examples of parallel structure and various types of grammatical phrases. Students’ work with “Death of a Pig” serves as a springboard for discussion of the structure of a narrative essay, of which White’s text is a masterful example, as well as the structure of classic tragedy. 

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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.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative,...
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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