Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3

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In Unit 9.2.3, students read “True Crime: The roots of an American obsession,” an article from Newsweek that examines humanity’s relationship with guilt; “How Bernard Madoff Did It,” a book review of The Wizard of Lies; and an excerpt from the nonfiction book, The Wizard of Lies, which examines the downfall of white-collar criminal Bernard Madoff. These three texts complement each other in their treatment of guilt and people’s fascination with crime. In this unit, students focus on peer reviewing and revising their writing. The End-of-Unit Assessment in this unit is an evidence-based discussion, which offers students the opportunity to verbally articulate claims. In this forum, students will be asked to make connections across unit texts, particularly in relation to the development of central ideas.

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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...
RI.9-10.7 Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in...

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