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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 4: Research: Do the Benefits of DDT Outweigh Its Harmful Consequences?

For Teachers 6th Standards
The search is on for information about DDT, its benefits, and harmful effects. Over 15 units In Module 4, young researchers conduct a WebQuest to find informational texts about the pesticide, learn how to paraphrase information, cite...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 4: Building Background Knowledge: Frightful’s Mountain and DDT

For Teachers 6th Standards
The first unit in Module 4 introduces sixth graders to the central question of the module; do the benefits of DDT outweigh its harmful consequences? Jean Craighead George’s novel, Frightful’s Mountain, is the module's anchor text and...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3b: Understanding Perspectives: Sustaining the Oceans

For Teachers 6th Standards
The topic of ocean conservation and the impact of human activities on ocean life is the focus of three units in Module 3B. The first unit challenges sixth graders to read Mark Kurlansky’s illustrated book, World without Fish: How Kids...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3b, Unit 3: Researching and Interpreting Information: What You Need to Know When Buying Fish

For Teachers 6th Standards
Module 3B ends with class members diving into case studies to learn more about overfishing methods. The goal is to discover information about sustainable fishing practices and a consumer guide for buying fish.
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Water is Life: The Earth’s Hydrosphere and Its Impact on Living Systems

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The three units in the “Water is Life: The Earth’s Hydrosphere and Its Impact on Living Systems” are designed to teach middle schoolers about the role water plays in all life. Unit 1 builds background knowledge. In Unit 2, scholars...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA Module 4: How Do Authors Use Craft and Structure to Develop Characters and Ideas?

For Teachers 10th Standards
Nonfiction and dramatic text take center stage in a three-unit module that focuses on how authors convey and develop central ideas. In Unit 1, E. B. White’s “Death of a Pig” provides sophomores with an opportunity to analyze the...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 4, Unit 1

For Teachers 10th Standards
The first unit in this three-unit module uses E. B. White’s “Death of a Pig” as the central text. Sophomores analyze the structure of his narrative essay and examine how he develops and conveys his central ideas.
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Researching Multiple Perspectives to Develop a Position

For Teachers 10th Standards
Building on what they learned in Modules 10.1 and 10.2, about inquiry-based and evidence-based research, sophomores investigate topics that have multiple perspectives. The core text of Unit 1 is Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3a: Understanding Perspectives: The Land of the Golden Mountain

For Teachers 6th Standards
How does an author’s culture influence their perspective and point of view? Moreover, how does an author’s purpose affect their point of view? These are the questions middle schoolers investigate in a three-unit module that uses works by...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3B, Unit 2: Narrator’s Point of View and Evidence of Author’s Perspective in Flush

For Teachers 6th Standards
The 12 lessons in the second module unit examine how an author’s point of view and perspective is influenced by his or her geographic location. Florida resident Carl Hiassens’s young adult novel, Flush, about a young man whose father...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3B, Unit 1: Author’s Point of View and Idea Development in World without Fish

For Teachers 6th Standards
The first unit in this three-unit module has sixth-graders read Mark Kurlansky’s illustrated book, World without Fish: How Kids Can Help Save the Oceans. They study how Kurlansky introduces, illustrates, and develops his ideas to convey...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3a: Unit 3: Researching and Interpreting Information: How the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Affected the People of San Francisco

For Teachers 6th Standards
To conclude the module, sixth-graders research factual information about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire to make connections to literary texts about the disaster. After learning about the features of a newspaper article, young...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3a, Unit 2: Comparing Varying Points of View of the Same Topic or Event

For Teachers 6th Standards
In the second unit in the 3A module, scholars examine how an author’s purpose affects point of view. They compare excerpts from “Comprehending the Calamity,” Emma Burke’s informational text about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, to...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3a: Unit 1: Narrator’s Point of View and Evidence of Author’s Perspective in Dragonwings

For Teachers 6th Standards
The first unit in this three-module set introduces sixth-graders to a study of how authors’ culture influences and is evident in their writing. Laurence Yep’s novel, Dragonwings, and his biography The Lost Garden serve as the core texts....
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 2, Unit 3

For Teachers 10th Standards
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt’s “On the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” and Malala Yousafzai’s “Address to the United Nations Youth Assembly” are the core text in the final unit of...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 2: Being Made Invisible: Imprisoned and Interned

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the second unit of Module 3A eighth-graders continue their study of forced invisibility by reading a case study of American soldier Louie Zamperini imprisoned by the Japanese and of Mine Okubo, a Japanese-American interned in the US...
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EngageNY Grade 11 ELA Module 1: How Do Authors Develop and Relate Elements of a Text?

For Teachers 11th Standards
In this three-unit module, juniors examine literary and nonfiction text, observing how authors develop their central ideas. In Units 1 and 2, scholars practice close reading, annotating text, and evidence-based discussions and writing....
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EngageNY Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Reading and Writing Personal Narratives

For Teachers 12th Standards
The first unit in Module 1 uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as the core text. Scholars practice close reading, evidence-based writing and discussion, critical analysis of narrative texts, and narrative writing techniques. Marmon...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2b: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Comedy of Control

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the anchor text in a three-unit module that has eighth graders examine how Shakespeare develops the theme of control. Young scholars look at why and how the characters seek control and the results of...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 4: Sustainability of the US Food Supply Chain

For Teachers 8th Standards
Where does our food come from? Eighth graders research food chains and the consequences for stakeholders affected by those food chains. Using Michael Pollan’s, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, as a core text, the three units in this module teach...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 3b: The Civil Rights Movement and The Little Rock Nine

For Teachers 8th Standards
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States takes center stage in a three-unit module that focuses particularly on The Little Rock Nine. Carlotta Walls LaNier’s, A Mighty Long Way, and Shelley Tougas’ photo essay, Little Rock Girl...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2a: Working With Evidence: Taking a Stand

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the three units in Grade 8, ELA Module 2A, eighth-graders continue their study of the theme of taking a stand. In Unit 1, scholars develop their close reading skills as they examine speeches of real people taking a stand. They...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 1: Finding Home: Refugees

For Teachers 8th Standards
Eighth-graders develop their ability to read and understand a complex text as they consider the plight of refugees. The first unit uses Thanhha Lai’s novel, Inside Out & Back Again, as well as informational text, to build background...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 4b: Reading and Research: Water is Life

For Teachers 7th Standards
Water may be everywhere but supplies of freshwater are dwindling. An eight-week, three-unit module takes up the topic of water sustainability and freshwater management. In Unit 1, seventh graders read Barbara Kingsolver’s article, “Water...