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Oct 23

Exactly, that is definitely not fair how if she says slang she gets backlash but if her white friends say it they don’t backlash. Defiefnelty is another example of the injustices in the system.

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Oct 23

I like how Starr’s parents are teaching her to be independent young. That is a very good role play in life.

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Oct 23
I find this interesting and sad because this is true in a lot of people’s lives. When people lose a loss one they usually want to get better or go over the edge. It’s sad because personally me when I lost my grandma, I went over the edge. So, it touched me. Also, normally a lot of people go over the edge because it’s such a shock and they don’t know what to do.

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Oct 23

I agree. Like what don’t they get Khalil did nothing wrong and officer 115 killed him for nothing.

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Oct 23

If this investigation is about the cop who killed Khalil then why are they asking personal questions about Khalil and Starr?

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Oct 23

Why is the officer keep trying to make Khalil the bad guy? She wants Starr to say yes so bad. This is so messed up. Starr is very strong because I would have gotten very upset and mad during this meoment.

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Oct 23

How dare the officer asks that during that time? She wants to make Khalil to bad guy so bad instead of seeing that the officer was wrong.

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Oct 23

I agree with Starr because she wasn’t there to see it with her own eyes, so she probably doesn’t believe it. Afterall, she is on the officer 115 side.

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Oct 23

I noticed the detective tried to use the word right to put words in Starr’s mouth. As you can see the detective is clearly on the officer 115 sides. (Recognition: I am so proud of Starr for even going to the station and is was willing to tell what happened that night. I can only imagine how hard it was for her and how nervous she must have been because I would have been so nervous and it would have been very very sensitive for me to talk about what happened that night.

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Oct 23

I love how Starr is using what her dad taught her during this moment, I feel like that is really helping her. I’m so glad that her dad prepared her for something like this.

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Oct 23

I like how Starr is having a talk with herself in her head to keep her calm during the moment of this.

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Oct 23

I agree that if you don’t look someone in their eyes while telling them a story or anything they will have little doubt to believe you because when you look someone in their eyes it makes it more like you telling the truth and being straight up. Usually, people who don’t tell the truth don’t make eye contact.

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Oct 23

I feel like the detective is having stereotypes about khlail. I feel like she’s trying to find anything to make it seem like the cop had a reason to shoot kahli. (Maybe she is trying to assume Khalilhad something to do with the fight and that’s why the cop was following him.)

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Oct 23

I notice that this is very hard for Starr to talk about the night of the incident because it keeps bringing up flashbacks of what happened in the car when she was with kahlil in the car.

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Oct 23

I think Starr calls him 115 because what he did was terrible and not human. In my opinion, I would have done the same thing. It is such a terrible and disgusting thing for somebody to do to a human being.

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Oct 23

This makes me sad because it reminds me of how long Starr and Khalil knew each other, and how much of a bond they had.

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Oct 23

Will Starr’s uncle being a cop help Starr get justice for Khalil earlier? In other words, will it be an easy process.?

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Oct 23

I was thinking the same if I was Starr. I wouldn’t have wanted to go any more days wondering what would have happened and I would have just wanted to get it over with.

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Oct 23

I can only wonder how Starr feels being from the ghetto and going to a white school with a bunch of white kids who talk proper.

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Oct 23

Is Starr saying this in her head? Like what her dad taught her? If so, I am glad that she remembers what her dad Big Mav taught her, that is very good that she has it in her head like that.

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Oct 22

Do we teach things like math, science, and literature in order to teach how to live (habits) or do we teach habits of mind so that we can learn the subjects. Probably it’s best when we don’t know which is the chicken and which is the egg.

via GIPHY

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Oct 22

Empathy is something I believe I mastered as a child. I have always been sensitive to others and was also taught that my feelings are not the only expression in the universe. Listen to others and understand where they are coming from. You can always relate with someone in their situation, even in it’s minor detail. Sometime the little things matter the most, and a little understanding can make a HUGE impact!!!

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Oct 22

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Oct 22

I like when a teacher asks why because the answer to why shows how much the student is understanding.

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Oct 22

For years, I always wondered why certain students would blurt out whatever came to their mind when a question was asked. Even when a question wasn’t asked, something would come out and almost always it was annoying. Through out the years, I have learned to exercise patience when I come across this, but never knew it was an actual habit of the mind. Reading this has made me more alert and I will come up with ways to help manage this if/when I come across it.

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Oct 22

First Grade Party

Let’s read to find out what Rachel asks in her letter to Santa!

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Oct 22

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Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas (New Year’s Book) – Shanté Keys loves New Year’s Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Oh no—it’ll be bad luck without them! So Shanté sets out to borrow some from the neighbors. Does Miss Lee have peas? What about Mr. MacGhee, or Shanté’s good friend Hari? None of them do—but, as Shanté discovers, they have fun foods and traditions for their New Year’s! Now, if only Shanté can find good-luck peas in time for dinner!

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Oct 22


Additional resources at: http://www.readingbrightstart.org/

Before reading:

• Looking at the title, cover and illustrations/pictures, what do you think will happen in this book?
• What makes you think that?
• What characters do you think might be in the book?
• Do you think there will be problem in the story? Why?
• What do you already know about the topic of this book?
• Does the topic or story relate to you or your family? How?
• Do you think it will be like any other book you’ve read? If so, which one, and how do you think it will be similar?

After reading:

• Why is the title a good title for the book/story? If you had to give it a different title, what would be another good title for it?
• Were your predictions correct? Where did you have to fix your prediction as you read?
• If there was a problem, did it get solved? How did the character try to solve the problem?
• What happened because of the problem?
• Did any of the characters change through the story? Who changed, and how did they change?
• Why do you think the author wrote this?
• What is the most important point that the author is trying to make in his/her writing?
• What was your favorite part? Why?
• If you could change one part, what would you change?
• If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask?
• Can you retell the story in sequence order (use your fingers and sequence words: first, second, then, next, etc.)
• Is there a character in the story that reminds you of someone you know? If so, who are they like, and why do you think that?
• Does this book remind you of another book you know? Does it remind you of something you’ve experienced in real life?

For fun:

Have them act out a scene from the book, draw you a picture of their favorite part to decorate the refrigerator, or write a follow-up story. They can pretend they are a book reviewer reviewing the book on TV, or they can write a letter or postcard to the author. There are many creative ways to engage students in reading and have them share their reading with you!

Tips for Reading with Your Child:

• Set a routine time; read out loud daily.
• Find a distraction-free place.
• Ask your child to pick the book (if developmentally appropriate)
• Sit close together
• Encourage your child to hold the book or turn the pages (if developmentally appropriate)
• Point to pictures. Talk about the colors, characters, situations, or what your child think may happen next.
• Ask your child questions about the book. Talk about characters and their conflicts.
• Most importantly- have fun, laugh, and enjoy!

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Oct 22


This read-aloud is part of our “AAPI Story Time” series in partnership with Padma Lakshmi and Wong Fu Productions. Please tune in each week this month for new read-alouds featuring Harry Shum Jr., Ming-Na Wen and Randall Park. To further amplify AAPI voices and stories, we are also donating a list of 10 AAPI children’s books to schools across the country. Please click here for more information:https://www.theconsciouskid.org/aapistorytime Featuring Padma Lakshmi Produced by Wong Fu Productions"https://www.youtube.com/user/WongFuProductions":https://www.youtube.com/user/WongFuProductions

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