Stanley Yelnats is sent to a juvenile correctional camp for boys where each day he is forced to dig holes into a dry lake bed.
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The speaker in this famous Langston Hughes poem uses symbolism to explain the connection they feel between their ancestry and identity.
This biography of Frederick Douglass provides an overview of his life and work as an abolitionist.
Can a person have two selves? Beyoncé is also known as Sasha Fierce; Clark Kent, the newspaper reporter, transforms into Superman. The idea that a person can have “another self” is a relatively new concept. This text discusses the nature of alter egos in popular culture, literature, and even comic books.
In Junot Díaz’s “The Terror,” Díaz explores his experiences with fear after getting beat-up as an adolescent.
The informational text “Loving Decision: 40 Years of Legal Interracial Unions” discusses the court case that invalidated laws preventing interracial marriages, as well as the status of interracial relationships today.
In the short story “Feathers,” a woman is taught a lesson about the negative effects of spreading rumors.
In "'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential,'" several former inmates discuss the rehabilitative process by which they learned to grow, mature, and redefine their identities.
In Julio Noboa’s poem “Identity,” a speaker explains why they would choose to be a weed over a flower.