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Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
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Workshop 4: Research and Discovery - An Na, Edwidge Danticat, Laurence Yep, and more
Overview
Authors and Literary Works
Video Summary
Teaching Strategies
Commentary
Student Work
Poem 1
Poem 2
Poem 3
Poem 4
Resources
Interactive Workbook -- Explore two poems using strategies from these workshops. Go.
Channel-Talk -- Share your views on the discussion board. Go.



Student Work
Poem 3

"Where I'm From" poem
Dragon's Gate, Laurence Yep

Where are you from, Otter?
Otter, where are you from?

I am from the smell of opium and odd women.
From evil Manchus trying to kill us all.
I am from the jealous Lion Rock lady.
I am from changing China.

I am from being smart and having a wealthy family.
From eating rice and vegetables and using chopsticks.
I am from odd Uncle Blacky to good spices.
I am from cool China.

I am from white-faced demons and people with whips.
I am cruel bosses and hard labor.
I am from friends being blown up and being tormented.
I am from awful America.

I am from great opportunity in the place of future.
I am for listening to my friends playing moon guitar and dozing off while they're singing.
I am from working hard and getting paid.
I am from equality.
I am from amazing America.

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