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Inside Out and Back Again
Inside Out and Back Again | Thanhha Lai
Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration. For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food . . . and the strength of her very own family. This moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it "enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny." An author's note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà's story. Supports the Common Core State Standards
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Macker11
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This HF written in poetry form has won the National Honor award and Newbery. Kim Ha has a lot going on in her life, having to leave home because of the war and the being bullied in her new school. What was always a solid foundation? Family. Her mom and three brothers were always there for her, and at the end of the day, that matters. I think students would gain a lot from this being a RA, the emotions that are put into text can be expressed.

Macker11 This book could lead to a great poetry unit, and show expressive terms without actually saying what you mean. Which goes along with ESOL#11: place language in meaningful text. Also, UDL 5.3 which is building fluencies with levels of support for practice and performance. https://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=16136&a=1 this has multiple resources depending what you want your class to accomplish. #UCFLAE3414SU19 1w
TheSpineView Welcome to Litsy! 💜📚 1w
SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy 😊 7d
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Dylanburgett Wow looks like a great read! 6d
Summerm The way you described this book sounds very intriguing. It seems like there are a lot of emotions in this book that would make for a great RA and classroom discussion on real life events! 6d
DrSpalding I found this book to be extremely informative and emotional. You learn a lot about the culture by reading this text. Excellent choice. 2m
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GatheringBooks
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#WanderingJune Day 28: #GoodnightSaigon - this memoir-in-verse talks about Saigon and their often-difficult life with the smell of the war drawing closer each day. Yet, despite this, we taste the texture of life in Vietnam with Hà‘s papaya tree, the rationing of meals, the smell of incense. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-2nf

Cinfhen Another #middlegrade for #booked2019 that looks really good 😍 4w
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Book mail & library books 📚📬🤓

Hestapleton Such a great stack! 1mo
wanderinglynn Great haul! 👍🏻 1mo
BooknerdsLife 😍😍 Great stack! 1mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Thanks everyone, I'm pretty excited to read it all! 1mo
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mreads
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Would not normally read a middle grade book but I am a completist and this was recommended on booktube recently so I chose it for #booked2019 8. Diverse middle grade.
It's excellent actually, about a young girl and her family living in Vietnam before, during and after the fall of Saigon, the boat trip to escape and her first year or so in America. On audio a bit over 2 hours.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Sorry, missed this post!!! Well done ♥️ 2mo
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Addison_Reads
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1. Sorry, I never have pics of me. Here's my nephew from his performance last night at his school and one of my puppies, Willow, when she went to work with us recently.
2. I haven't had much reading time this week, the tagged book is the only one I've finished so far and I loved it.
3. Working all weekend
4. Today it's 73 and raining here in TX.
5. Vegan black bean, sweet potato enchiladas.

#Friyayintro @howjessreads

readordierachel Dinner sounds delicious! 3mo
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Addison_Reads
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Since the weather here in Texas is gorgeous today, my husband and I are taking advantage and clearing some brush and trees from our property. Because @sblbooks has been posting for her upcoming #middlegrademay reads, I was inspired to download these 3 from Overdrive to keep me company while I work today. 💙

I'm really not sure how I got anything accomplished before I discovered audiobooks. 😉

sblbooks Yay! Enjoy the weather, and your audio books. 3mo
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melindamcmullen84
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This wonderful HF told in verse won National Book Award and was a Newbery Honor. The story follows Kim Hà‘s life as she is forced to move to America because of the Vietnam war. She struggles fitting in since her English isn‘t great and deals with bullying & learning the importance of her own family. This would be a great upper elementary LC or RA to support Social Studies learning & Poetry, and very relatable to some ELLs. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 This book would definitely need some extra time and planning to make sure the children understand exactly what‘s going on in the story, because of the way it‘s written. I feel like this is perfect for 5th grade https://www.google.com/amp/s/katherinewanner.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/inside-out... 3mo
melindamcmullen84 UDL 5.1 & 2.5 both emphasize multiple media outlets, and I think you would need a variety of methods to teach this book. ESOL 17 is important for contextual support through many different aids. 3mo
DrSpalding This is a perfect example of historical fiction. Beautiful book written in an alternative format that makes it very easy to read. Well done! 3mo
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Poetry. This is definitely a book I will continue reading. I didn‘t want to put it down at all, I was so caught up in Hà‘s thoughts and feelings and life. It‘s a wonderful story that will work wonderfully as a read aloud for older early childhood classrooms or as an independent read for anyone.

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cjegolden99
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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, 2011. This is a gorgeous book of poetry about war, change, and life. The poems flow like thoughts, depicting the real struggles of life for a migrant and victim of the destruction of war. The poems are told in such a way that make you feel as though you are Hà. I could feel the suffocation if not being understood or heard. This is a wonderfully done book of poetry.

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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This story, told in a series of poems, is lovely, sad, and enlightening. We follow Ha, a wonderfully spunky girl, as she witnesses the fall of Vietnam, escapes with her mother and brothers to Alabama, and learns to live their new lives in their new home.

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85eliana
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Gorgeous refugee story with so many connections to today. Moreover, it‘s an excellent way into students learning about this time and place in American history. #middlegrade

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UrsulaMonarch
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A beautiful collection, appropriate both for children and adults. While I liked individual poems a lot, I found the overall structure and arc to be the most powerful and satisfying aspect of the book.
So glad to have heard about this book from @thereadingwomen podcast!

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Kristy_K
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This book has been on my radar (and my shelves) for a while and I‘m glad I finally read it. Told in verse from the POV of 10 year old Hà, we get a glimpse into life in Vietnam during the war, the journey of a refugee, and the struggles to adapt and be accepted in a new country. Truly a wonderful, heartfelt (and sometimes heartbreaking) book.

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#vietnam #childrens #verse

CarolynM @TheFunkyBookworm was just asking about this. 12mo
robinb #coverlove❤️ 12mo
tammysue Sounds great, stacking! 😊 12mo
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Look at this lovely stock photo of wonderful calm children raising their hands ready to participate... unless they ALL have to go to the bathroom 😂

So this is the first book in our new 8th grade curriculum- looks promising! Anyone read this one?

CaliforniaCay Yes! Nice, quick, sad, but meaningful read. And it's written in beautifully lyrical way 😄 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @CaliforniaCay Oh good! We only had the opportunity to look at the first few pages in our training today and the MC already stole my heart with her precociousness lol hoping my kiddos will enjoy this one!!! 12mo
BookishMe Love how much the free verse conveyed 12mo
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emtobiasz Handed this to a girl last week who said she liked strong female characters and real life heroes like Malala! 12mo
Paula3 My son read it last year in 7th grade. It moved him ♡ 12mo
CarolynM @Kristy_K just posted a review 12mo
Peddler410 Loved this one! My students have also enjoyed it. 12mo
JoScho Lol I also like how there are like 8 kids in this class. It is very realistic. 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @BookishMe @emtobiasz @Paula3 @CarolynM @Peddler410 thanks guys- im really excited about it now! 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @JoScho the other 20 must already be in the bathroom then 😂😂😂😂 12mo
JoScho Exactly!! 😂😂😂 12mo
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Littens I am having a MOMENT right now. I just got the overview of our new 8th grade reading curriculum for this year and these are the texts we will be working with.... I‘m partly excited but also worried this is going to be a bit hefty for below level reluctant readers!!!
Any other teachers on here using the Path to College and Career curriculum?!

LibrarianRyan I, surprised they Are not using the young readers version of Unbroken. 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @LibrarianRyan I didn‘t know there was one! Maybe they are but didn‘t list it 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
Readingismyescape Looks a bit challenging. 12mo
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TheFunkyBookworm @Readingismyescape I agree- which if it‘s a strong curriculum is likely a good thing! I‘m nervously excited about it lol 12mo
Peddler410 Great titles! It‘s exciting to see someone HAS a reading curriculum 🙂 I‘m particularly excited to see the Omnivores Dilemma (edited) 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Peddler410 haha that‘s prob the one I‘m least excited about! I‘d rather not know 🙉🙈 12mo
Peddler410 @TheFunkyBookworm Are ALL 8th graders required to take a reading class in your district? 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Peddler410 no- only the ones who didn‘t pass the reading portion of the standardized testing- and bc of budget cuts only the lowest scoring of that group 😬 12mo
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Lmstraubie
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Such a touching and heartwarming story based on the author's experience of leaving Siagon before North Vietnam took over and what it was like to adjust to living in America. #middlegrade

Just had to share another #LilytheLibrarydog picture. She enjoyed it too 😉🐶 #dogsoflitsy

wanderinglynn Love the photo! What a cutie-pie. ❤️🐶 12mo
Wife ❤️🐕 12mo
Daisey I really enjoyed this book! 12mo
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irre Adorable 😍 12mo
Lmstraubie @Daisey Did your copy have the interview with her at the back? It was interesting to hear her thoughts. 12mo
Daisey @Lmstraubie I have a Scholastic copy and I don‘t think so. May have to see if I can look it up. 12mo
Nute Cute photo. Puppy love!🐶💜 I read this book a few years back. I don‘t recall an interview with the author in back section. I‘ll have to check out another edition as well. 12mo
Lmstraubie @nute Thanks 🐶 This was such a good book! 12mo
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Simplykellyk
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It is a book that is written poem style. Which is strange. But super cool. It‘s written from the perspective of a 10 year old girl so the language is easy to understand.

Parts of this book are also from the memories of the author. She was a Vietnamese refugee and the persecution she endured at times made my heart very sad. I can‘t imagine going to a school and struggling to learn English and someone make fun of you at every turn.

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This Poetry novel P) and “National Book Award” winner, chronicles the hardships of a 10-year-old girl, Thahnna Lai, during the Vietnam war. This book is close to my heart because my husband was born in Vietnam, during the Vietnam War and can relate to some of the stories told in this book. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KEkjwu2WEIA

DrSpalding I love this book. It‘s beautifully written and I enjoyed reading your personal connection. Please use the rubric. 1y
JenniferMc A wonderful lesson plan for grades 3-5 that teaches the importance of tolerance and acceptance and the plight of immigration. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Inside-Out-And-Back-Again-Grade-5-No... UDL 2.4 EL 2,3,11, (edited) 1y
JenniferMc Teaching strategy AS. This would be a fascinating book to do an author study on because the author wrote it from her childhood experiences immigrating from Vietnam to America. 1y
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Nebklvr
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Told in verse, this story of a refuge from Vietnam demonstrates just how scary and heartrending it is to lose your home.

BookInMyHands I loved this one. I also really like novels in verse from Margarita Engle. Both authors pack so much in with so few words. 2y
Nebklvr @BookInMyHands Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds is wonderful too! Trying to find more books in verse for kids. We have some at school who seem to soak it up. 2y
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MaureenMc This book! ❤️❤️ 2y
UrsulaMonarch I will never think of turkey the same way!! 10mo
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Nebklvr
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Right before the fall of SVietnam, Ha and her family decide to flee to the US. These are a few of the things they must leave behind.

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They are ganging up on me. #catsoflitsy

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Mrs_Black
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He isn‘t helping, but he‘s cute. #catsoflitsy

TommieMarie74 He really is. And when do they ever REALLY help? 😊❤️ 2y
Christine11 He looks so sassy ! 😊 2y
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AJandHerBooks
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A beautiful middle grade novel written in verse about a young refugee and her family starting over in Alabama after the Vietnam War. Because of the limited words, every single one packs a punch. Lai really makes you feel her refugee experience as a young girl trying to fit in on top of learning a new language and culture while grieving for lost family members.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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A novel written in free verse about a refugee family that escapes from Vietnam in 1975 and ends up in Alabama. Sparsely worded and yet this book captures and portrays the emotions of a refugee so clearly. It‘s just amazing. It definitely deserves the awards it earned. I am excited to teach this meaningful and powerful book to my students. ❤️

Also, first #LitsyAtoZ 2018 book done! 😊

TheDoubleLetterThief I loved loved loved this one too. 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Turkey lettuce wraps with apple and avocado. Trying not to undo all my hard work at the gym today. First book for #readingAtoZchallenge started (more on that in a later post). #dinnerandabook 🥑🍏

SilversReviews I hear ya, but I always ruin it. :) 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Amazon #bookhaul. I had to buy some books for my classroom which of course meant I had to add some things for me to my order!😂📚

Soubhiville Unnamed midwife is brutal but one of my faves for this year! The others sound good too! 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Soubhiville If you posted about it, you‘re probably the reason I bought it! So thank you!!😊 2y
RaimeyGallant Of course. ;) 2y
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Bookzombie
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#Allthebooksof2017 Day 4

This wasn‘t published this year, but I read it this year and love the cover. #favoritebookcoverof2017

GrilledCheeseSamurai I have this book. Haven't read it - but I adore the cover too. 2y
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AmandaHuskey
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This P book is written in a different style and won the Newbery award. I️ would use it as an IR. It‘s about a girl that has to flee Vietnam and migrate elsewhere. UDL- 8.4. EL- 29. https://www.tes.com/lessons/aseCpsMdzrdEFQ/ela-inside-out-and-back-again-the-nov... #UCFLAE3414F17

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WanderingBookaneer
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Embarassed to admit I did not know this was a novel in verse. 😳

MarriedtoMrT Me, neither! And I pass it on the Library shelves daily. 2y
Lindy And it‘s so good! 2y
MaureenMc Loved this one, too. 2y
Peddler410 I love novels in verse! This one was fantastic! 2y
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mayahearn
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Inside Out & Back Again is a P book written by Tanhhai Lai that won the Newbery Award. This book like be great book for an LC in the classroom with groups of students. https://eslliteraturelessonplans.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/inside-out-and-back... has some great lesson plans and guides for the book to be used in the classroom. UDL: 8.2- vary demands and resources to optimize challenges,

mayahearn EL: use Venn diagrams to contrast and compare activities. #UCFLAE3414F17 2y
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Jaquessial
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In side out and back again by Thanhha Lai is a poetry, and historical fiction book that has won the national book award and Newberry award as well. I really love this book. Inside Out and Back Again is the story of a year in the life of Hà, a ten-year-old girl who flees Vietnam with her mother and brothers, in hopes of escaping the Vietnam War. The short poem series take you through their journey as refugees.

Jaquessial https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?a=1&tid=28054 free work poem activities for the class. 2y
Jaquessial ESOL: #48, Use group assignments, portfolios, learning journals and non-print opt jobs as alternative assessments. I thought this would be great. Have their own poetry journals. 2y
Jaquessial UDL: 2.2 clarify syntax and structure of the book. #ucflae3414f17 (edited) 2y
DrSpalding I'm thrilled you selected this story. It is written in such an easy format. Makes for a quick read and is extremely informative. 2y
ChristinB I love that this is a book full of poetry and it ties in history. It will be perfect for the classroom! 2y
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nadine_swartz
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Lovely poetry in prose. I'm sure that, as an adult, Ha will be called a nasty woman and will take it as the compliment it is!

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Tdumatrait
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Woke up congested so hopefully I will finish this book and head back to bed soon.

ephemeralwaltz Feel better soon! 2y
Tdumatrait @ephemeralwaltz thanks! Meds kicked in and I slept really well after that 2y
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ChasingOm
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While I wait for 5 pm to open my #theretellingbookswap package, I'm reading this lovely middle grade novel in verse for #Bookstagram's #DiverseBooksClub. The book is about a family's flight from Vietnam during the War and this passage made me pause.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks #TodasLasVoces

KVanRead Love this one a lot ❤️ Her imagery is so powerful. 2y
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Happiestwhenreading
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An impt book to empathize with the refuge experience. The upper elem/middle school yrs are hard, but it is esp harder on children who are "different" in any way. This is an incredible resource (reminiscent of Wonder) to help teach our children to be kind to the kids that are ostracized in school. In beautiful poetic prose, Lai challenges us to be better humans to those around us - brilliant advice we can all use, but esp impt for our young kiddos.

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Susancruz
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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Let me start with wow! This HF, National book award winner really pulls you in and makes you feel like part of their family. It brings you in the life on 10 year-old Hà who has had to leave everything she loved behind to flee the Vietnam war with her family. Reading this book makes you appreciate what we have and enjoy the little things.

Susancruz This book can be used as a GR and can be given discussion questions as you go. It meets UDL 2.4 which promotes understanding across languages because the author throws a lot of her own language, Vietnamese into the book. As well as EL 11 placing language in meaningful text. These pages have such few words on them but get the whole meaning and feeling across.
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Susancruz The link below brings you to a website where you can find poetry lessons like the poetry she has written in her books.
http://commoncoresuccess.eleducation.org/curriculum/ela/grade-8/module-1/unit-3. #UCFLAE3414F17
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DrSpalding I am so impressed @susanCruz! Your enthusiasm for this book shown through in your post. I too felt it was a powerful example of historical fiction and made text to text connections with Kwame Alexander's writing form. Your application is excellent as is the resource which has so many activities included. 2y
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MakennaK Wow! I know want to read this book! It's seems amazing and I think it will be a great addition to my classroom library one day. Having the Vietnamese language in it can help teach kids about diversity as well as expand their minds and teach them something completely new 2y
dakotap I love learning about history and i definitely love reading books about historical events. This book will definitely be on my list to read. Thank you for sharing this book! 2y
ProfessorOak This book looks like one interesting read, teaching children a variety of different languages is always good to help teach about cultures and ethnicities. 2y
SavannahP0930 This is the book I won in class and I can't wait to read it! 2y
Floribelg It's great to find books with different languages, such as Vietnamese. Introducing about how individuals may have experienced the Vietnam War. Definitely want to read this book! @Susancruz 2y
Aimeejett I love that this book has history in it. It‘s so important that students have some knowledge of our history. I think by reading a book that has to do with history is an easy way to help students understand the importance of it. Thank you for sharing this book. I‘m going to have to make another purchase. Great review!! 2y
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Day 9: "Whoever invented English should have learned to spell."

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So I read this book and thought it was pretty decent. I think the ending was poor but no spoilers here.

M_126 Good book!🤗🤗 2y
Jess7 Welcome! #welcomewagon 2y
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! 💙💜♥️❤️💕 5mo
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stargazerblue49
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This was perfect lazy morning reading. The verse is beautiful and the story is moving! And, her covers are just so wonderful! Can't wait to move on to Listen, Slowly later today! 🇻🇳 #research #caturday #littenkittens #catsoflitsy

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stargazerblue49
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It's Saturday morning (not too early), I'm on call, I have things I should be taking care of (like clinic notes, post office needs...) and all we wanna do is stay in bed... 🛌

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stargazerblue49
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Faibka 😻 2y
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stargazerblue49
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Research (Kitteh-approved)

#littenkittens #catsoflitsy

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cewilf
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I couldn't find anything for #starsandstripes today, but I finally got around to reading this book and wow, I absolutely loved it. It is a summer reading book at my school this year, and I hope the students' eyes are truly opened through this story and the events it was based on/inspired by.

Cspen113 I love that cover! 2y
Caryl This is such a beautiful book. ❤️ 2y
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Day 22: #ReadingWomenMonth Our love of books started when we were very young, which is why we are such big advocates of getting great books into the hands of little readers. INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN describes the flight of a young girl and her family as they immigrate to the US at the end of the Vietnam War. A great read if you liked BROWN GIRL DREAMING. BTW, our newsletter comes out tomorrow. Have you subscribed yet? https://goo.gl/jdBDWr

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I read this great verse novel about a family of Vietnamese #refugees last year for my children's resources and services class. Inspired by the author's own experiences as a ten-year-old refugee during the Vietnam War, the writing is heartfelt and eye opening. A necessary read to learn more about the struggles of refugees. #JuneBookBugs

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