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Selections in Unit 5

"Say It with Flowers" Toshio Mori

"The Journey" Mary Oliver

"Just Lather, That's All" Hernando Tellez

"The Woman Who Was Death" Josepha Sherman

"Be-ers and Doers" Budge Wilson

"The Calling" Luis Rodriguez

"My Moment of Truth" Caroline Clarke and Sonja Brown

Dying to Cross Jorge Ramos

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Ms. Leifson

ELD 9/ English 9

Unit 5: Moment of Truth

 

What do people discover in a moment of truth?

 

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do.                  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

You have to trust your inner knowing. If you have a clear mind and an open heart, you won't have to search for direction. direction will come to you.                                              Phil Jackson

The Journey

 

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice--

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

"Mend my life!"

each voice cried.

But you didn't stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do--

determined to save

the only life you could save.

Contact Information

Email: jleifson@wusd.k12.ca.us

Phone: (916)375-7800 ex 2301

City Heights, 2001 Kadir Nelson

City Heights, 2001 Kadir Nelson
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