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Opening Up About My Anxiety
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ELA Literacy & Social and Emotional Learning
Strength in Sharing


Story Summary: Natalie struggles to control her anxiety and depression, but it isn’t until she seeks help from teachers, parents, and friends, that she’s able to access the resources she needs to feel better.

Lesson Objectives and Common Core Standards Connections
Students will be able to:
• Annotate a text during the reading process in order to develop an understanding of the text’s main idea and supporting details (CCS R.1 and R.2).
• Discuss their interpretation and analysis of, as well as personal connections to, a narrative nonfiction text and to a poem (CCS SL.1).
• Write in response to a text and to other students’ written responses (CCS W.4 and W.10).


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