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Dmytryk, E. Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid Description This famous 1945 film stars John Wayne, and revolves around recapturing the Philippines after Japanese occupation in 1942. This movie shows the Bataan Death March in conjunction with the Allied military campaign in the Pacific. It offers unique perspective into how the Bataan Death March affected Filipino/ American […]

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A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

, SoulPancake Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid Description This short piece has Kid President speaking positively to the viewer about being yourself and realizing that each person is special and important. Readability N/A Use in Class Students will watch this independently, then each write down what they would tell someone else about remaining unique and being […]

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Identity

Adames, Kalhil Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid Description The film depicts students in a high school, all of whom wear masks to conceal their faces. The main character, a girl in a white mask, begins to realize the power in being unique after paying attention to lectures by her teachers. She then removes her mask, feeling […]

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What Does It Mean to Be “You”?

Meindl, Anthony Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 7.7 Description This article from The Blog section of <em>The Huffington Post </em>is written with the intention of finding out what it means to be yourself and celebrating the nuances that makes each person unique. Readability 7th and 8th grade reading level (Flesch-Kincaid). It’s written by a man in […]

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The Giver

Lowry, Lois Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid N/A Description Jonas lives in a futuristic world where he has never experienced pain, hurt, heartache, etc., and everyone is essentially carbon copies of each other. As he approaches his twelfth birthday, it’s time for Jonas to get assigned a job. While his friends get regular positions, Jonas is […]

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The Hunger Games

Collins, Suzanne Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 7.6 Description Katniss Everdeen lives in Panem (formerly North America), that has twelve districts, all controlled by the Capitol. Every year, each district sends one boy and one girl to participate in the Hunger Games, a blood-sport set by the Capitol where these young teens fight to the death […]

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Orwell, George Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid N/A Description Winston Smith is struggling with government oppression in Oceania, as he and his fellow citizens are always under the watchful eye of Big Brother. There is a ban on individuality, and Winston expresses many of his unconventional thoughts in his diary, and he also has a relationship […]

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Divergent

Roth, Veronica Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 5.4 Description Beatrice is living with her family in a futuristic Chicago where there are five district factions, with each faction believing that one virtue is best. At the age of 16, one takes a test to determine which faction they should belong to. Beatrice takes the test only […]

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Stargirl

Spinelli, Jerry Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid N/A Description This novel is written from the perspective of an 11<sup>th</sup> grade student, Leo, and his life as he meets Stargirl, a 10<sup>th</sup> grader who has moved to the school. Stargirl is interesting to say the least – she doesn’t dress like anyone else, she has weird clothes, […]

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