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English Language Arts

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Alma Flor Ada

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Alma Flor Ada meets with students in Oakland, California, and engages in a bilingual discussion about her work and her novel, My Name Is María Isabel. She explains why she became a writer and discusses the importance of understanding different cultures and languages. Flor Ada describes how Cesar Chavez motivated people to organize and discusses the ways in which the students can use writing to inspire change. She elaborates on the power of literature and encourages students to read. "Through the wonderful multicultural literature that exists," says Flor Ada, "you can really make friends with children of other cultures. Maybe if you've never met them in-person, you meet them through the characters in the books."

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Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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