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by Li-Young Lee

1986

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "I Ask My Mother to Sing" by Li-Young Lee.

In Li-Young Lee’s poem “I Ask My Mother to Sing,” the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing of their old home in China.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free Will, Friendship & Family, and Identity as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What makes you who you are?", "Can we control our fate?", and "What makes a family?"

Ways to support your child: