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Old Joe and the Carpenter: An Appalachian Tale of Building Bridges

Are material possessions more important than friendship? Should you act on the impulse to get back when someone hurts you? Will you let pride get in the way of your friendship? This tale about bridges brings these questions to the fore..
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Pleasant L. DeSpain
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Civics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Shoulders

In this poem, the speaker sees a man carrying his son across the street and is struck by the tenderness the man displays for the child. The speaker realizes that humanity must cloak itself in this same caring nature.
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Naomi Shihab Nye
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Civics
Social Justice Domain
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Ninth Ward

The narrative voice belongs to Lanesha, a 12-year-old girl growing up in New Orleans. Lanesha is frequently picked on and teased because she has a special gift—the ability to see ghosts and spirits. Used to being bullied herself, in this scene Lanesha is a witness when someone else is the target.
by
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Grade Level
Social Justice Domain