Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 7

  1. "No flies fly into a closed mouth." Pupils consider the meaning of the proverb as they read paragraphs 20–22 from the essay "A Genetics of Justice" by Julia Alvarez. They also engage in small-group discussions about how the author refines her ideas. As a closing activity, scholars complete a brief writing activity based on their analysis of the text. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have students use Alvarez's text as a guide to write their own autobiographical essays
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson seven of 10 from the Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2 series
  • Builds on material from previous lessons within the unit
  • Does not include a link to the required text, so teachers must provide copies


  • Includes a lesson overview detailing the percentage of time each learning activity should take 
  • Provides tips for differentiation 

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