Description: Paraphrase and summarize texts in ways that maintain meaning and logical order.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 2C


2C: Summarizing

2C: Summarizing

Description: Summarizing

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Selection: H-16


Grade level: 8
Word count: 1759 words
Author: Diane Lang
Synopsis: A Mexican American author draws on her heritage for inspiration.
Excerpt: This novel and many of the author's other works reflect Cisneros' experiences while growing up. Like many young people, she struggled with cultural loyalties and feelings of isolation and low self-esteem associated with poverty. She often portrays the consequences of Mexico's economic hardships and the struggle of Mexicans to survive in America while endeavoring to acclimate to its culture.

Question: Cisneros is sympathetic to poor Mexican immigrants because
  1. she experienced the same problems of adjusting to a new culture.
  2. she researched the challenges they faced in coming to America.
  3. while growing up she had a best friend who was an immigrant.
  4. she read about the hardships in Mexico that drove people to leave.

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Writing prompt: Imagine you are an attorney. Prepare a summation of a selection you have read to present to a jury for deliberation.


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