Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 2

"Everybody is guilty of something." As class members continue their close reading of Walter Mosley's essay, they examine how Mosley develops and supports his central ideas about Western civilization's relationship to guilt.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to identify current events that support Mosley's contention that the public is fascinated with crime
Classroom Considerations
  • The second resource in the third unit of a Common Core designed, three-unit module that examines how authors structure informational texts and develop their ideas
  • Unit builds on the protocols and routines established in the first unit
  • The unit, entitled “Everybody is Guilty of Something,” examines the treatment of guilt and people’s fascination with crime
  • A link to Walter Mosley's essay, “True Crime: The Roots of an American Obsession," may be found on page eight of the full module that is included below
  • The eight-page resource includes a list of the Common Core standards addressed by the lesson, the plan, discussion questions with model responses, a vocabulary list, and a writing prompt
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