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Part 2: Declarations of Independence

Part 2

Declarations of Independence

Richard Wright

from Black Boy
They blamed the whole thing on his upbringing.


With a small group of classmates, role-play a situation in which a person has to resist pressure from others in order to declare his or her independence. For example, a person's friends might try to convince him or her to ostracize someone, stay out past curfew, or go to a party instead of studying for a test. Choose a member of the group to try to resist the persuasions of the others. Share the results of your group's experience with the rest of the class, performing your role-playing for them if you like.

Julia Alvarez

Daughter of Invention
She was chosen to give a speech to the whole school—but what would she say?

Eve Merriam

Every day offers a new opportunity.


If You Build It...
Practical advice for young inventors

Pat Mora

A Voice
English was forbidden at home.

Mary Oliver

The Journey
"You knew what you had to do."

Tobias Wolff

Were they committing a large wrong to cover a small one?

Sandra Cisneros


Only Daughter


from The House on Mango Street

Jenny Uglow

A Local Universe

On Writing The House on Mango Street