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English Language Arts

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Octavia E. Butler

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Octavia E. Butler shares her writing process and explains how her works explore pressing issues, including religion, politics, and the environment. She describes how characters in Parable of the Sower, the first novel of her Earthseed Trilogy, are left to deal with the consequences of others' behaviors and inaction. Butler recalls drawing upon writings she disagreed with as an exercise to help her understand her own beliefs. In reflecting on her works and how they might inspire readers she suggests, "One of the things I wish teachers would tell students is that Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents are not prophecy but warnings, warnings of things we can do something about."

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Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9–10.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

CCSS.ELA–Literacy.RL.11–12.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11–CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11–CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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