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English Language Arts

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Christopher Paul Curtis

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Christopher Paul Curtis discusses The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 with middle grade students in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He answers their questions about the novel and explains the importance of writing about black American history. He shares insight into his writing process and discusses earlier drafts of the book. Curtis describes how he created the characters and gives advice to young writers. "It's valuable that students do a lot of reading, because they'll find something that really grabs them and then be able to use that as a template for their own writing."

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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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