Growing Up Royan 5: The Factory

Like every person that has existed on earth, I’ve spent most of my life grappling with my social location and identity. Growing Up Royan is a “picture book” I’m doodling, writing, and sharing on my blog. Check out each page of the series as I write it live. I hope you find some connection within its pages, and maybe even find it useful in your culturally responsive classrooms.

Page 5: The Night Shift

In the early parts of his childhood, Royan would ride with his dad late at night to drop his mother off at a wide, brown building with smoke billowing from huge chimneys. That’s where she would stay overnight. Royan couldn’t understand why his mother had to work when it was so dark outside, at such a gloomy looking place. At school, they said most people were doctors, firefighters, or police officers. Royan wondered if his mom had gotten into trouble, so had to work in the wide, brown building instead.

Prompting Guide*:

  • Where was Royan’s mom being dropped off?
  • Why was Royan so worried for his mom?
  • Why do grown-ups “go to work”?

*Note that these prompts are simply suggestions. Moreover, they are shared under the assumption that the environment in which they are used is an inclusive, equitable, culturally responsive space which allows the safety needed for such conversations to have a positive impact on the reader(s).

Originally published at royan lee.

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