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English Language Arts

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Lawson Fusao Inada

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Lawson Inada visits students at the Nikkei Legacy Center in Portland, Oregon, and speaks to them about using writing as a way to fight injustice. He describes what it was like to be a child in a Japanese internment camp during World War II and reads the title poem from his collection Drawing the Line. The poem is about the experience of a teenage friend who chooses not to sign the loyalty oath given to internees old enough to be inducted into the military. In "Drawing the Line," the character Yosh says, "No, you have no right to deny us our liberty. Yes, I have my right to stand for justice. Yes, I have my right to stand for our freedom." Inada encourages the students to examine where they might take a stand in their own lives.

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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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