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English Language Arts

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Russell Leong

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Russell Leong talks with high school students in Los Angeles, California, about his experiences growing up in San Francisco's Chinatown and discusses his love of poetry and his writing process. He describes a trip to China that inspired his poem "Aerogrammes" from his collection, The Country of Dreams and Dust. He discusses his four fundamentals of poetry—form, freedom, feeling, and function—and explains how he draws on all five senses when writing. Leong believes that poetry can shake people up and make them examine themselves. "Poetry for me is image and sound, moving through time and space."

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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.

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.


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