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Overheard “We’re gonna buy a trailer on Friday. Its bigger than the one we live in now,” says Daniel. Daniel is an eighth grader, one of those kids who gets along with most everyone. Both of his parents have jobs, he’s got new clothes when the tax checks come out in January, and his mom’s phone usually has minutes. Daniel is talking to Tori, a pretty, popular girl who excels at sports, serves on student council, and makes good grades. Her response is genuine. She is excited for her friend. “Really? Like one of those…oh, what do you call them…?” They both consider for a moment, what you call them. Finally Tori seems to remember. “Oh! Double-wide!” “Yeah!” said Daniel, nodding enthusiastically. Tori also nods, in admiration. “Those are so cool,” she says. “All big.” Both kids sit back in their seat, minds drifting as they fantasize about Daniel’s new life in a double-wide trailer.

Teaching Stories  

Tara Sumrall, a 2007 Teach for America alumna, remembers teaching middle school Language Arts on the Rosebud Indian Reservation from 2007-20...

Teaching Stories  

Tara Sumrall, a 2007 Teach for America alumna, remembers teaching middle school Language Arts on the Rosebud Indian Reservation from 2007-20...

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