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English Language Arts, Grade 12 Module 2: Exploring Complex Ideas through Craft and Structure, Teacher Guide



English Language Arts, Grade 12 Module 2: Exploring Complex Ideas through Craft and Structure, Teacher Guide

PCG Education

ISBN: 978-1-119-12433-7 December 2015 Jossey-Bass 480 Pages


Paths to College and Career

Jossey-Bass and PCG Education are proud to bring the Paths to College and Career English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum and professional development resources for grades 6-12 to educators across the country. Originally developed for EngageNY and written with a focus on the shifts in instructional practice and student experiences the standards require, Paths to College and Career includes daily lesson plans, guiding questions, recommended texts, scaffolding strategies and other classroom resources.

Paths to College and Career is a concrete and practical ELA instructional program that engages students with compelling and complex texts. At each grade level, Paths to College and Career delivers a yearlong curriculum that develops all students' ability to read closely and engage in text-based discussions, build evidence-based claims and arguments, conduct research and write from sources, and expand their academic vocabulary. Paths to College and Career's instructional resources address the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and gifted and talented students.

This enhanced curriculum provides teachers with freshly designed Teacher Guides that make the curriculum more accessible and flexible, a Teacher Resource Book for each module that includes all of the materials educators need to manage instruction, and Student Journals that give students learning tools for each module and a single place to organize and document their learning.

As the creators of the Paths ELA curriculum for grades 6-12, PCG Education provides a professional learning program that ensures the success of the curriculum. The program includes:

  • Nationally recognized professional development from an organization that has been immersed in the new standards since their inception.
  • Blended learning experiences for teachers and leaders that enrich and extend the learning.
  • A train-the-trainer program that builds capacity and provides resources and individual support for embedded leaders and coaches.

Paths offers schools and districts a unique approach to ensuring college and career readiness for all students, providing state-of-the-art curriculum and state-of-the-art implementation.


PCG Education, a division of Public Consulting Group, works with schools, districts, and state education agencies to build their capacity for instructional and programmatic improvements. We provide curriculum development, coaching, professional development, and technical assistance services. Our work alongside educators and policy makers ensures effective implementation of both the Common Core State Standards and state-specific standards for college and career readiness.

About PCG Education vii

What Is Paths to College and Career? ix

Curriculum Maps xvii

Grade 12 Curriculum Map xix

ELA Curriculum: Grades 9–12 Curriculum Map xlix

Module Overview 1

Unit 1 13

Unit Overview “A free and enlightened State” 13

Lesson 1 22

Lesson 2 31

Lesson 3 41

Lesson 4 51

Lesson 5 62

Lesson 6 73

Lesson 7 83

Lesson 8 93

Lesson 9 102

Lesson 10 111

Lesson 11 123

Lesson 12 134

Lesson 13 144

Lesson 14 154

Lesson 15 164

Lesson 16 170

Unit 2 177

Unit Overview “Th’ abuse of greatness is when it disjoins/Remorse from power.” 177

Lesson 1 186

Lesson 2 199

Lesson 3 211

Lesson 4 223

Lesson 5 233

Lesson 6 245

Lesson 7 255

Lesson 8 266

Lesson 9 274

Lesson 10 283

Lesson 11 294

Lesson 12 300

Lesson 13 312

Lesson 14 321

Lesson 15 332

Lesson 16 343

Lesson 17 354

Lesson 18 366

Lesson 19 376

Lesson 20 388

Lesson 21 398

Lesson 22 404

Module Performance Assessment 410