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What Are You Looking For?

by: Pei Shuen Liew, The One Academy, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Teacher: Christopher Reis

Your track in life should not be determined by what side of the tracks you come from.

quote by: Seth Morano, Sarasota, Florida

Artist Statement

In this piece, I present a poor boy scavenging for nourishment secretively. While searching in the rubbish bin, he can only get several leftovers he needs to survive, with the stench of trash always present. There will always be kids scavenging for leftovers thrown by passersby in nearby alleyways. I grew up in a poor household and I will never forget scavenging in a rubbish bin with an aching heart. Because of poverty, many irresponsible adults abandon their children, causing them to wander around urban areas in search of food. No one chooses to be born into a poor family, and many children are mistreated in school just because they are born in poverty. We need to learn consideration, acceptance and genuine respect, instead of strengthening ongoing discrimination.

Lesson Plan Connection

Grade Levels: 9-12
Standards: LAFS.ELA-LITERACY.910- 1112.SL.1-3 & RH.2.4; LAFS.SS.912.H.1 & H.2
SEL Tenets: Identity and Agency, Social Skills, & Public Spirit

Essential Question - What does the word integrity mean to you?
Lesson Plan PowerPoint