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We're Not from Here

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2019

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Essay Questions

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Scaffolded Essay Questions

Student Prompt: Write a short (1-3 paragraph) response using one of the below bulleted outlines. Cite details from the text over the course of your response that serve as examples and support.

1. Consider the harmful effect of the traditionalist Zhuri government on the inhabitants of Choom.

  • In what ways do the traditionalist government’s views harm both the species already living on Choom and the humans seeking refuge? (topic sentence)
  • Explain the traditionalist government’s views and, using evidence from the text, describe 2-3 ways in which the traditionalist policies actively cause harm.
  • In your concluding sentence or sentences, explain what the novel aims to convey by depicting the effect of these policies on Choom’s people.

2. Consider the role of biased news reports in We’re Not From Here.

  • How does media that shows only one side of an issue impact public opinion? (topic sentence)
  • Offer 3 examples from the text of news broadcasts that show only one opinion of humans.