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English Language Arts

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Ruthann Lum McCunn

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Ruthanne Lum McCunn discusses her biographical novel, A Thousand Pieces of Gold, and interest in the history of Chinese women in America with high school students in Portland, Oregon. She explains that the novel is based on the true story of Lala Nathoy, who was born into an affluent family in China, sold into slavery, and then sold to a bar owner in the United States. Lum McCunn explains her desire to reveal a little-known piece of American history. She wanted to show that after the Civil War was over and after the Emancipation Proclamation, Chinese women in America were still in slavery. Says Lum McCunn, "There are many people who survive incredible hardships… but to survive with your capacity for compassion for other people in tact and not to turn hard and bitter is extraordinary."

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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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