Though M.C.’s surroundings are dominated by dangerous strip mines, his mother’s singing fills his heart with the hope of better times for himself and his family.
Common Core Alignment:
RL.5.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
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