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English Language Arts

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Joseph Bruchac

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Joseph Bruchac shares how reading and spending time with his Abenaki grandfather as a boy inspired him to be a writer, and how his cultural heritage shapes his writing and storytelling. He describes his novel, Heart of a Chief and explains how meeting Native American youth who wanted to see themselves reflected in literature—not as caricatures, but as real fully realized human beings—inspired the book. Bruchac describes how the young protagonist of the story comes to understand that "just because you're different, doesn't mean you have to be separate. You can maintain your difference, but be part, just as the different fingers of a hand can hold something and bring it together."

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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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