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English Language Arts

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Nikki Grimes

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Nikki Grimes shares her passion for writing poetry with middle school students in Vista California. She reads a poem from Bronx Masquerade and answers questions about her works, including A Dime a Dozen, and Jazmin's Notebook. Grimes explains her process of writing and fascination with imagery and wordplay. She encourages the students to look for ways to give voice to the voiceless. "Poetry," says Grimes, "can give you a window into another culture—as all literature does—into another way of thinking, another way of seeing the world."

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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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