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Working in My Parents’ Chinese Restaurant
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ELA Literacy & Social and Emotional Learning
Managing Mixed Emotions


Story Summary: Jessica juggles school and work as she begins taking shifts at her parents’ Chinese restaurant. At first, the job causes feelings of shame and resentment when Jessica realizes she has less time and less knowledge of pop culture than her friends, but she eventually comes to value the persistence and hard work that the job taught her.

Lesson Objectives and Common Core Standards Connections
Students will be able to:
• Write in response to a prompt (CCS W.10).
• 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 (CCS SL.1).


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