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We Are Oakland International

School: Oakland International High School

City/State: Oakland, CA

Grade(s): 9, 10

Format(s): Comic book/graphic novel

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Ninth and tenth grade students at Oakland International High School in Oakland, California created this comic book as part of an interdisciplinary project combining art, reading and literacy, and social studies. Seniors from the Publishing Class helped edit the stories of their younger schoolmates.

Students were asked to tell their immigration stories in order to understand that history is ongoing and something that they play a part in. The goal is for the students was to see that “their stories are part of something bigger.” Their stories are an attempt to answer the question, “Who am I?” and collectively, “Who are we?”

The book is professionally bound and printed and is available for purchase at

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Connects students to world geography through real and engaging content – students whose families have immigrated to the United States for a variety of reasons
  • Touches directly on students’ personal experience of immigration
  • Captures the challenges as well as the positive aspects of coming to the United States from other countries
  • Provides a means for students to better appreciate diversity in their community
  • Highlights a highly engaging comic book format that increases accessibility for ELL students
  • Format allows for individual assessment of a student’s work

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
  • I can use the writing process to focus on what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
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