Inside Out and Back Again: Refugee Life

Connections to Inside Out and Back Again: Refugee Life

Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai is a reflection of the authors early years as a refugee from Vietnam to the United States. Lai's verse novel highlights the powerful themes of immigration and the struggle to find acceptance in diversity. Students will develop their understanding of issues in immigration that are prevalent in American society today. To view and edit the full lesson open the PDF or .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections 

  • History: World History, US History, Government, Civics, Immigration  
  • English: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai 

Newsela Article

Learning Objective and Essential Questions

Students will be able to make connections between the text they are reading and the real world. They will also be able to answer the following Essential Question:

  1. What real life issues are reflected in the novel Inside Out and Back Again?

Learning Standard

Common Core Standards for English:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1       
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.7      
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.9       
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.9
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2       
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.10
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.6       
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.6      
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.10
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3

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