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Students read an article based on gangs in America to identify a central idea and writing strategy used to advance that central idea, which are skills necessary for the part three text-based analysis on the New York State Common Core English Regents. The article also opens up a discussion about whether or not the Capulets and/or Montagues are gangs. If possible, clips of West Side Story can be shown prior to or after reading the article.
This is a great way to incorporate nonfiction in a unit!