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YAL - Young Adult Literature Presenter Unit 2015/2016

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Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the American Dream
by Joshusa Davis

 

YAL Presenter Unit 2015/2016

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2015, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Germania Solórzano and Juan Madrigal

 


YAL Conference Workshop Description
Building Meaning with Spare Parts
Germania Solórzano and Juan Madrigal

In Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, one Ugly Robot and the Battle for the American Dream, Joshua Davis lays out the story of four unlikely teenagers who become underwater robotic rock stars by defeating their competition, including MIT. Each young man works through various struggles to reach that victory, primarily poverty and immigration status. Although the boys are victorious at the competition, the book follows them beyond high school graduation, where their struggles with immigration status greatly affect their trajectories. This is reportage. The book alternates between chapters about the boys: their backgrounds, families, schools and teachers, and chapters about immigration policy during the timeline of the events.

This true story could be easily connected to Science, Social Studies as well as English for reading of nonfiction texts. It offers readers the opportunity to follow along on a problem-solving trajectory in the sciences with the creation of the robot; in life, with young men figuring out how to live in the United States despite being undocumented; and in learning in general with youth figuring out their interests and how to pursue those interests with limited resources.
This workshop will offer participants opportunities to explore the text, its themes, as well as hands-on problem-solving activities.

Workshop Description for YAL 2015