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Blindness

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This book talks about a strange epidemic: people become blind.
They start showing the deepest human perfidy and widespread indifference to others.
I think it can be useful to reflect on human relationships and understand problems in the society.
Usually we judge people by their appearance and maybe, to know who they really are, we would need to be blind.

Year of Release: 1995

Author(s): Josè Saramago

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Further information (link): https://openlibrary.org/books/OL21630365M/Blindness

ISBN: 0151002517

ebook URL: https://www.amazon.it/Blindness-Harvest-Book-English-Saramago-ebook/dp/B003T0GBOM

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“Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.”

It can be useful to reflect on the importance of inner/exterior aspect.



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2010-2019 All eBook English High school (grades 9+) LGBTQI* Print Short Story

All Out

The No-Longer-Secret Stories Of Queer Teens Throughout The Ages

Different genres that deal with LGBTQ themes and, specifically, intersectionality, that is, various social identities, such as race, gender, sexuality and class, that contribute to discrimination and oppression.

Year of Release: 2018

Author(s): Saundra Mitchell, editor (Several authors)

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35140599-all-out?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=6biaStStRY&rank=1

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.it/All-Out-No-Longer-Secret-Stories-throughout-ebook/dp/B071G1G7VQ/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=All+Out%3A+The+No-Longer-Secret+Stories+Of+Queer+Teens+Throughout+The+Ages&qid=1639165460&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

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All CEFR B1 CEFR B2 English High school (grades 9+) Online Poetry

Trees

The poem by Mark Haddon deals with the issue of self-identity and asks the question of how does a person fit into this world? What makes a person a person? It is a poem that should show the good parts of life that are often forgotten within stressful times.

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Author(s): Mark Haddon

Preview: https://samploon.com/trees-by-mark-haddon-poetry-analysis/

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2010-2019 All Available For Free (Open Access) CEFR B1 High school (grades 9+) Online Poetry Print Uncategorized Very Short Length (up to 20 min)

Masks

A very short poem about feeling different and about the importance of being your true self. Illustrated by the author.

(From the volume: Everything On It)

Year of Release: 2011

Author(s): Shel Silverstein

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ISBN: ISBN 10: 0061998168ISBN 13: 9780061998164

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Online text: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/masks?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=pmd_fVtRlDijt2OPs4sH9XwMt8X6ajdtb.fLhmMrXjgrynw-1634156927-0-gqNtZGzNAjujcnBszQhl

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The language of this poem is very simple, but you may want to use it as a starting point for discussions that go far beyond B1 level.

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2010-2019 All CEFR B2 High school (grades 9+) Medium Length (up to 8 hrs) Other Text Formats Print

I Was Their American Dream

Malaka Gharib grew up in the United States as a Filipino Egyptian American. Her parents divorced, and she stayed with her mother, visiting her dad in Egypt every summer. Throughout high school and college, she was seeking an answer to the question: Who am I? She had difficulty finding people with similar backgrounds, so she always felt she was the odd one out. Her graphic memoir tracks this journey.

Year of Release: 2019

Author(s): Malaka Gharib

Preview: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/575400/i-was-their-american-dream-by-malaka-gharib/

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40909448-i-was-their-american-dream?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=ziTd6P5Egh&rank=1

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Chapter 4 deals with Malaka’s self-perception as a high school student torn between two parental cultures and the mainstream American culture.



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