From "First Crossing"

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Young scholars look closely at four tales taken from the collection of short stories, First Crossing edited by Donald R. Galloby. While examining the life of four teenagers and the lives they lead as U.S. immigrants, your enthusiastic learners reflect, think critically, and respond to the readings in verbal and written form. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Post discussion questions on your classroom blog; encourage pupils to continue the conversation by responding to one another
  • Direct learners to draw a box next to each chapter on the reading schedule and to check the assignment off once it is complete 
  • Allow early finishers to choose one of the extension activities to complete    
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members need a hard or digital copy of the novel, First Crossing edited by Donald R. Galloby
  • The authors listed on page one, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Lensey Namioka, Elsa Marston, and Minfong Ho, are those that contributed their short stories to the collection 
  • The time it takes to complete the lessons and worksheets depends on how you schedule each reading    
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  • Recommendations are provided to conduct lessons in small groups, with the whole class, or as independent reading
  • Worksheets and answers are pictured on the same page 

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