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The Scholarship Jacket by Marta Salinas is a short story that illustrates what happens when a young Mexican girl who faces obstacles in her quest to achieve her dream of earning a scholarship jacket — a symbol of her intelligence and hard work from the first through eighth grades.
Download a copy of the story from the column on the right.
Play the audio recording (female voice) for the whole class to listen to as they follow along or for individual students who struggle staying focused on a text.
You can access the video directly on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/oYnNJAE5ryE
Play the audio recording (male voice) for the whole class to listen to as they follow along or for individual students who struggle staying focused on a text.
You can access the video directly on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/Q6rxgNubGbI
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