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English Language Arts

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Pat Mora

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Pat Mora discusses her work with students in Sante Fe, New Mexico, and reads her poem "Ode to Courage," which is based on the experience of girl for whom English is her second language. Mora describes how she tries in her work to invite the reader to look at the people who are often ignored. "One of my hopes is that the literature makes us all more compassionate," says Mora. "Literature helps us cross borders and build community, and it is when we hear many different kinds of voices that that happens." Mora explains to the students that she is a writer because she is a reader and wants them to understand that reading is essential to writing.

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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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