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I Was a Second Mother to My Baby Sister
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ELA & Social and Emotional Learning
Responsible Decision-Making


Story Summary: Because her parents are busy working or going to class, L.V. frequently has to take care of her baby sister, which is frustrating. In response, L.V. behaves in unproductive ways—skipping school and smoking marijuana. She eventually realizes that she has to be a better role model for her younger siblings and approaches her responsibilities with a different outlook.

Learning Objectives
Youth will build their SEL by:
• Identifying responsibilities and emotions
• Discussing the impact responsibilities have on emotions
• Making a plan on dealing with frustrating responsibilities

Youth will increase their literacy by:
• Reading aloud and discussing a teen-written story
• Writing informally and for the purpose of reflection



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(NYC-2020-03-07)