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Teaching Parrot in the Oven

Parrot in the Oven

<p><em>Perico, </em>or parrot, was what Dad called me sometimes. It was from a Mexican saying about a parrot that complains how hot it is in the shade, while all along he&#39;s sitting inside an oven and doesn&#39;t know it....</p><p>For Manuel Hernandez, the year leading up to his test of courage, his initiation into a gang, is a time filled with the pain and tension, awkwardness and excitement of growing up in a crazy world. His dad spends most of his time and money at the local pool hall; his brother flips through jobs like a thumb through a deck of cards; and his mom never stops cleaning the house, as though one day the rooms will be so spotless they&#39;ll disappear into a spa

Victor Martinez
HarperCollins

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

STANDARDS:
RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.3 - Characters & Plot

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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