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Tales of Adoption and Courage

Through interviews, surveys, and family research, students will gain a better understanding of what courage and sacrifice mean within the context of Michael's Reflection and within their own family. Students also investigate how families function and the many different (and changing) faces of the family unit.


Previewing the Reflection:

A series of open-ended pre-reading questions designed to engage students, assess prior knowledge, and expose any pre-conceived ideas about the person or culture explored in the Reflection.  Previewing the Experience questions are intended to be non-threatening and accessible to a range of students.  Students are encouraged to answer honestly, and to discuss their answers with their classmates.

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Reflection: Tales of Adoption and Courage by Michael Song

Michael shares his story of being adopted from Korea in his One World Reflection. He explains how adoption is the ultimate show of selflessness and requires both biological and adoptive families to make sacrifices and hard decisions in order to provide the child with a better life.

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Understanding the Reflection:

This resource is to be used during and after students read the Reflection.  Included in it are a series of reading comprehension questions designed to check for student understanding of the Reflection.  These questions formats include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, short response, or other effective questioning strategies.

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Learning Activity: English/Language Arts-Shaped by Sacrifice

English/Language Arts / 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th / 3-5 class periods (135-300 min)

Through this Learning Activity, students will explore the meanings of key terms and create working definitions for these terms. Students will then explore the presence of courage and selflessness in the Reflection, their own lives, and in the history of their family. Finally, students will synthesize their understandings in a writing piece and a formal Socratic Seminar.

Reviewing the Reflection:

This resource is to be used after students read the Reflection.  It includes a series of post-reading questions designed to encourage student reflection and assess changes in students' perception and understanding of the cultural issues addressed in the unit through some deliberately repeated questions in the "Previewing the Reflection" activity.

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Responding to the Reflection:

This resource should be used after the students read the Reflection. Students are presented with a list of questions intended to illicit a more personal response about the Reflection they have just read. After considering those questions, students compose a letter to the author of the Reflection with their thoughts, observations, questions and comments.

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