The performance task prompt sets students up to revisit several poems from the novel with the focus on identifying the specific factual details Thanhha Lai has included in her poems about Vietnam at the time and why she has included them. This increases students’ awareness of the purpose for researching specific factual details (about a specific time and place in history when refugees fled) to use later when writing their own poems.
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Bilingual Language Progressions
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From EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 18.
Available from engageny.org/resource/grade-8-ela-module-1-unit-2-lesson-18; accessed 2015-05-29.
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