8th Grade Liberty Team

December 2, 2016

On the 8 th grade Liberty team, we just finished up our first novel for the year, Inside Out and Back Again, that follows one year in the life of a Vietnamese girl named Hà. Hà and her family flee Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975, and they end up in Alabama, desperate to learn English and fit in with their new surroundings. This is no ordinary novel, however; it’s told in poetic free verse. At first, students were a little hesitant to read a whole book in poem form, but they quickly realized it didn’t make that much of a difference. Hà’s refugee experience was an interesting narrative as well as a poetic story. 
Now that we’ve concluded the novel, we’ve moved on to different forms of poetry and poetic elements, including lyric, narrative, and formal structured poetry. We will explore the fun, artistic world of blackout poetry as well as some traditional Christmas poetry and songs that we know and love. What a great way to end quarter two!

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