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Guest Speaker in ELA Classes - The 7th graders have been working through a New York State ELA module that focuses on reading, writing, listening, and speaking in response to high-quality texts. We completed Module 1 in December, which addresses challenges in survival in South Sudan. During the unit, I came across an article from the Cornell Daily Sun about Ayuen Ajok — a Lost Boy from Sudan — that directly connected to what we have been studying in ELA. I was able to find Ajok’s contact information, and I invited him to be a guest speaker in our class. He accepted! The students were able to listen to his story and ask him questions about his life. They were shocked when Ajok told them he was friends with the protagonist in the novel we just finished reading. Having this guest speaker share his experiences with us was an incredible way of bringing life to the text for our 7th graders.
  
Liz Atkins
English Language Arts Teacher
Newfield Middle School

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