Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 13

To conclude their study of Ethan Canin’s short story “The Palace Thief,” class members use their notes and annotations to craft an expository essay response to the prompt, "Analyze how the interactions between Hundert and the Bells develop a central idea in 'The Palace Thief'.”


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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Post a graphic that details the format of an expository essay to serve as a reminder for writers
Classroom Considerations
  • The final session in an 13-lesson unit that uses Ethan Canin’s short story “The Palace Thief” as an anchor text
  • The homework assignment presumes class members have individual copies of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club; the anchor text for the unit that follows
  • In addition to the in-class readings, class members are also responsible for an out-of-class Accountable Independent Reading (AIR) assignment
  • The 10-page resource includes a list of the standards addressed by the assessment, the prompt, model essays, and a homework assignment that links this unit to the one that follows
  • No accommodations are suggested for class members who need extra support or extended time for in-class writing
  • Some readers may need additional support to keep up with their Accountable Independent Reading (AIR) assignment