Senator Daniel Inouye's true story “My Shirt is for Church” is very inspirational, and students can really relate to it as he recounts a school experience where he refuses to give in to peer pressure and deny his Japanese heritage to fit in. This story is excellent for teaching plot structure because it is so well written and the pieces of the plot are very distinct. It is also great for teaching about peer pressure, standing up for oneself, and pride in one’s heritage. This lesson plan has students cutting and pasting, thinking about plot, applying their knowledge of plot to "My Shirt is for Church," and discussing. This is a great teaching tool for grades 6-8 and review for grade 9. A quiz is also included with two versions along with answer keys. Answer keys for the reading questions and the plot pyramid activity are included as well.
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