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Dream Flag Project
1. Summary
a. What is the project?
b. Why is it a great Project for
students?
2. Requirements
a. What d...
6. Worksheets / Printables
a. Langston Hughes Poetry
b. Oral Presentation
c. Poem Options
d. Descriptions for the Clothesl...
Summary
The dream flag project is an annual poetry / art / community connection project for
students from Kindergarten thr...
Requirements
This project has very few requirements. For your convenience the below could be considered
a checklist of wha...
To Start
1. Go to
dreamflags.org/members/create
and find your school. In my case
it is Tecnológico de Monterrey
Campus Sin...
6. Get the topic of dreams and hopes in your class.
 Personalization- Discuss their dreams. This can be done at MANY leve...
Creating Dream Flags
Again there are many different ways to do this, following is one technique I have
found works well.
1...
4. Make the Flags
a. I encourage students to bring their
own but I do provide markers,
watercolors and puffy paints.
b. BE...
5. Make the holders.
a. Have students cut small holes in the top of
their dream flags.
b. Cut small strips of cloth (from ...
Contact Information
The Dream Flag Project®
The Agnes Irwin School Ithan Ave. and Conestoga Road
Rosemont, PA 19010
USA
61...
Langston Hughes Poetry
We have discussed Langston Hughes in class. Langston Hughes wrote these poems:
Dream Keeper
Bring m...
Oral Presentation
You must prepare and present a 3minute speech on one of Langston Hughes’s
poems. Your presentation CANNO...
POEM OPTIONS
This is a multistep assignment. Follow the directions carefully.
1. Look at the directions and the samples fo...
2. A DIAMOND POEM
DIRECTIONS
Line 1: Think of one noun which conceptualizes your dream to you.
Line 2: Use two words (adje...
5. Catalog
Directions
Think of what your dream is? Why is it your dream? What would happen? A catalog poem
is simply a lis...
Sign Up Sheets
Name: ____________________________ Class Time: ________________
Please write THREE times that you would lik...
Dream Flag Times
What you need to know. Come prepared!
 You need to have two pieces of material 8½ inches by 11 inches (a...
Hi Teachers
I hope everything is going well with your classes! I just wanted to send a quick message to let
you know about...
What are these?
These are dream flags!
What are dream flags?
Dream flags are inspired by Tibetan Prayer Flags as well as
t...
¿QuÉ son ÉstAs?
¡Estas son dream flags!
¿Qué son dream flags?
Dream flags están inspirados por las banderas de oración
tib...
Links
 The Dream Flag Project webpage: http://dreamflags.org/
 Thank You Ma’m Quizlet vocabulary words
http://quizlet.co...
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Dream flag 101

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I really loved working with dream flags these past two semesters. Now that I am leaving, I put together a 20 page "Dream Flags 101" to pass onto the teach who will be taking over the project when I return to San Diego.

I am posting it here in case other teachers may find it helpful. It is still a work in progress as I need to add links and make a few edits, so if you find any mistakes, please let me know.

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Dream flag 101

  1. 1. Dream Flag Project 1. Summary a. What is the project? b. Why is it a great Project for students? 2. Requirements a. What do you need to do to be part of the Project? 3. To Start a. Creating a Dream Flag Account b. Focusing on Dreams c. Focusing on Poetry 4. Creating Dream Flags a. Assign Poems b. Make Time to Create c. How to Make Dream Flags d. Sample templates schedules 5. Contact Information a. My contact information b. Contact information for the Agnes school
  2. 2. 6. Worksheets / Printables a. Langston Hughes Poetry b. Oral Presentation c. Poem Options d. Descriptions for the Clothesline e. Sign Up Sheet f. Dream Flag Reminders g. 7. Relevant Links a. Links to the dream flag project, past projects, and videos Photo of Langston Hughes by Carl Van Vechten
  3. 3. Summary The dream flag project is an annual poetry / art / community connection project for students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade started in 2003 by the Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania. More than 40,000 dream flags have been made from students worldwide! To participate students read the work of Langston Hughes focusing on his poetry about dreams. Then, they create their own dream poems and put them on a cloth (8½ by 11 inches) which will be their dream flag. Dream flags are decorated different ways depending on the students’ capabilities and desires. Finally the Dream Flags, similar to Tibetan Prayer Flags, are attached to a line and displayed around the school (or other public places. This is a great project to encourage students to dream! Studies show that when goals are visualized or written people are more motivated to accomplish them. This is a chance to help out students get one step closer to accomplishing their dreams while realizing that dreams are international. Regardless of location or age many students have the same dreams! For our English courses this also emphasizes the importance of English as poems are done by students from many different countries, but all of them are in English.
  4. 4. Requirements This project has very few requirements. For your convenience the below could be considered a checklist of what must happen to be part of the official Dream Flag Project. Teachers should register (for free) at the dream flag website. Students must be familiar with the works of Langston Hughes Students must write a poem about their dreams Students must transfer this dream to a dream flag o The dream flag is fabric 8 ½ by 11 inches in size. o Their poem should be written vertically as the dream flag will be hung vertically Dream Flags should be attached to a line and hung around school Dream Flags may be uploaded to the dream flag gallery. OPTIONAL Dream Flags may be part of your community! See if you can display the dream flags locally! Malls, City Halls and Hospitals are great places to ask. Two poems can be sent to be displayed at part of a brochure. Two poems may be part of a video viewed at the ceremony. Dream flags may be sent to the USA and displayed as part of a ceremony in April (they must be mailed in March). o If this is done label flags MUST be attached to the lines stating your school, its location and location. o They may also be “travel” flags which are displayed year round.
  5. 5. To Start 1. Go to dreamflags.org/members/create and find your school. In my case it is Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Sinaloa. If your school is not registered you can add it. 2. Once your school is registered, you can add your name as a member of the school group. You’ll need to give some information like your e-mail, the grades you teach, and a phone number. 3. Activate your profile for the current year. 4. That’s it! You’re ready to get started! Before you delve into the project you can look around the site. To start, see the flag gallery. You can use the drop down menu to find other schools at your level. That way you can find flags from students similar to your students. 5. You may also like to check out the resources page. This is filled with ideas for teaching poetry, creating the dream flags and putting it all together.
  6. 6. 6. Get the topic of dreams and hopes in your class.  Personalization- Discuss their dreams. This can be done at MANY levels. What jobs do they want? What schools do they want to attend? If they won a million dollars what would they do with it? If they could change anything about the world, what would they change? What solution do they have to a problem with world has?  Characterization- When you are reading literature make sure to discuss the characters dreams. What does Gordie from “The Body” dream about? In “The Odyssey” what does Odysseus dream about? What are the dreams of the “Three little pigs?” Etc. This works for nonfiction too! What were Ghandi’s dreams? Note that while you CAN discuss literal dreams (flying, dying, going to school naked) try to pull more from your students.  Symbols- If your students are stuck on the word dream meaning something you have when you sleep then this Path in the Woods activity may be helpful. Plus, it helps them practice symbols which is a needed skill. 7. Get the topic of poetry in your class. Again, this can be done many ways following are some examples  Introduce different types of poetry (acrostic, haiku, etc.) There’s an assignment that works well here.  You can encourage a more free verse type of poetry (like Langston tended to use). 8. Get the topic of Langston Hughes in your class  Read his short stories: Thank You Ma’m works wonderfully with most classes as it is short and easy to understand.  Read his poems: There are two opportunities in the packet where students can work with his poems. during an oral presentation, and during an in class discussion.
  7. 7. Creating Dream Flags Again there are many different ways to do this, following is one technique I have found works well. 1. Students write their poems and submit them to you. a. Grade the students work and return it. 2. Return the poems 3. Give students time to work on their dream flags. There are many different ways to do this. a. Assign the dream flags as homework.  Doesn’t disrupt the flow of class  Allows students to work at their own pace - Students need to have their own supplies - Students need to be able to follow directions well on their own b. Arrange to have the students work on the dream flags in class.  Supervise students to make sure they avoid errors and follow the rules.  Students can help one another.  It is easier for students to share supplies with one another  Less space is needed. - You will need LOTS of supplies as all students will be using them at the same time. - You must be very careful to keep the classroom clean - If you are using sharpies be sure the space is well ventilated c. “Cancel” a day of class and have students come in small groups for 30 minutes each.  It is easier to share supplies  The teacher can supervise and be sure that students are working  Since there are small groups the students and teacher really interact which is great for the atmosphere of the class. - This takes a LOT of teacher time. Normally I teach forty students for 3 hours on Friday. When I do this I spend twice the time. - It can be hard to schedule (I’ve never had problems, but it could)
  8. 8. 4. Make the Flags a. I encourage students to bring their own but I do provide markers, watercolors and puffy paints. b. BEFORE they start remember to make the flags vertical NOT horizontal. Also that they leave some room up top to hang. c. Tape the fabric to the table. If you plan on using sharpies be sure paper or old newspaper is under the fabric (or it will leak through and stain ) d. Some teachers suggest putting sandpaper under the fabric (to make sure it stays in place). I’ve always been fine with just tape, but this may be something to consider. e. Have students transfer the poem BEFORE they start decorating (pen / marker first, then paint over if they want) f. If you have them in small groups use this time to talk to your students and help them relax around you. g. If students used paints or non-permanent markers and you plan on displaying these outside consider “setting” the flag with hairspray or by ironing it. h. Once students have finished find a place to let them dry overnight (at least) before you move them too much.
  9. 9. 5. Make the holders. a. Have students cut small holes in the top of their dream flags. b. Cut small strips of cloth (from the t-shirts) c. Put these strips through the wholes and tie them once. d. Then use these holds to securely fasten the dream flags to the clothes line. e. There are other methods you can try seen http://dreamflags.org/resources/connect- attaching-flags-to-a-line1 6. Hang the flags! a. For ease, I have the students attach their own flags b. Be sure to knot the holders well so that the flags stay in place. c. The flags are suggested to be spaced 2-3 inches away from one another. d. Attach some sort of explanation to the line, otherwise visitors and other students may not get it e. Try to keep them up for at least a few day 7. Ship them / Store them a. If you aren’t sending them off right away, it is easiest to store them attached to the rope. b. If you are shipping them off they MUST be attached to the ripe. c. Make sure all the flags are securely tied and that each flag is about 2-3 inches away from the next. d. If you are sending more than twenty flags you’ll need to send them on different lines. More than twenty flags per line is hard to maneuver, so they request a maximum of twenty flags before moving onto a new line. e. Have a label flag on your line with the name, location and grades for your students. f. If you wish for your flags to be part of the “travel flags” those that visit hospitals, city halls and other schools, give them a note saying you want to be part of the travelling flag program. g. A return label for your school
  10. 10. Contact Information The Dream Flag Project® The Agnes Irwin School Ithan Ave. and Conestoga Road Rosemont, PA 19010 USA 610-525-8400 info@dreamflags.org The main contact e-mail jharlan@agnesirwin.org Jeff Harlan is the Director Want to hear from a teacher who has done it before? You can contact me! CarissaPeck@gmail.com https://twitter.com/eslcarissa https://www.facebook.com/mELTingIdeas Worksheets / Printables There are so many different worksheets and printables out there that I couldn’t possibly include them all. Following are some I have made that may be helpful to you. Please adapt them to best suit your students.
  11. 11. Langston Hughes Poetry We have discussed Langston Hughes in class. Langston Hughes wrote these poems: Dream Keeper Bring me all of your dreams, You dreamer, Bring me all your Heart melodies That I may wrap them In a blue cloud-cloth Away from the too-rough fingers Of the world. 1. What examples of figurative language do you see in these poems? 2. Do you see rhyme or rhythm in the poems? Where? 3. How many new words do you see? What do you think they mean? Dream Deferred What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? 4. Judging from the poems above what are Lagnston Hughes’ dreams? 5. Do you think his dreams have come true today? I, Too I, too, sing America I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I'll be at the table When company comes. Nobody'll dare Say to me, "Eat in the kitchen," Then. Besides, They'll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed -- I too, am America What is a heart melody? Why would you wrap a dream in a cloud-cloth? How could a dream explode? What would happen if a dream runs like a sore? VOCABULARY Sore ______________________________ Deferred ______________________________ Fester ______________________________ Rasin ______________________________ Rot ______________________________ Load ______________________________ Dare ______________________________ Ashamed ______________________________ Crust ______________________________ Run ______________________________
  12. 12. Oral Presentation You must prepare and present a 3minute speech on one of Langston Hughes’s poems. Your presentation CANNOT be made up. Please be sure to attend class. Your speech may include  A recitation of the poem  Background on the poem etc.  A PowerPoint, or poster providing a visual for your poem. Your presentation MUST include ONE of the following: 1. How the poem makes you feel and WHY 2. If you think it is a good poem or not and WHY or 3. Why this poem reminds you of something and WHY Your speech should follow the following format: Attention Getter: Say something that will get our attention Thesis: Explain what you are trying to prove. Recite the poem if you like. Refutation: Explain why others may disagree Concession: Give evidence to the refutation Refutation: Explain why the other people are mistaken Thesis/ Topic Sentence: Restate your thesis OR get more specific with your argument Main Idea: Give support from the poem Example: Explain why the support supports your main point Main Idea: Give support from the poem Example: Explain why the support supports your main point Main Idea: Give support from the poem Example: Explain why the support supports your main point Conclusion: Restate your main ideas. You may use notes as a reference ONLY. You should NOT them directly.
  13. 13. POEM OPTIONS This is a multistep assignment. Follow the directions carefully. 1. Look at the directions and the samples for the type of poem you were given 2. Write that type of poem about anything you like! 3. When you finish raise your hand, your teacher would like to check 4. If your teacher approved your poem try to write one more. 5. When the teacher says stand up and find the other students with your type of poem. 6. As a group make the best poem you can about your dreams. Remember to use your assigned format. 7. Using your sample poem, create a short video (like here) about your poem type. a. It MUST include the rules of your poetry b. Your example poem 8. Listen to your classmates discuss other types of poerty. Which do you like? Which do you dislike? Why? 9. Your assignment is to pick one of the poetry types following (or write in free verse) and write a poem about your dream. It can be anything appropriate for class. Pay attention to the examples for inspiration. NOTE. Your poem MUST 1. Have a title 2. Have your name 3. CLEARLY follow one of the poem types (if needed add this information to the back) 4. Be presented well (it should be typed UNLESS it is presented artistically in a way which is not typed) 5. Be your own! ✂- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1. CINQUAIN DIRECTIONS Line 1: A noun which conceptualizes your dream Line 2. Two adjectives that describe your dream. Line 3: Three verbs that relate to the topic. Line 4: Four-Six words describing your dream Line 5: A synonym of your first word Examples No Bang Silence Peaceful, Fearless Playing, Enjoying, De-stressing No explosions or gun shots Unarmed Helping Doctor Helpful, Smart Working, Curing, Fixing A man in a white coat Healer
  14. 14. 2. A DIAMOND POEM DIRECTIONS Line 1: Think of one noun which conceptualizes your dream to you. Line 2: Use two words (adjectives) that describe the noun in line one Line 3: Think of three actions (verbs) associated with your dream Line 4: Write a four-six word phrase about your dream Line 5: Use three actions Line 6: two adjectives Line 7: a renaming noun for the topic NOTE: It may help to have the first half of the poem be words that represent the struggle, while the last half of the poem represents the outcome. Examples To See it All Travel Mind-Boggling, Shocking Exploring, Eating, Sampling A passport filled with stamps Seeing, Speaking, Living Cultured, Aware The World A disappearance of blood Consideration Sympathetic, Respectful Listening, Caring, Supporting A universal end to bloodshed Talking, Celebrating, Enjoying Better, Happy Peace A Teacher’s Dream Triumph Difficult, Time-consuming Learning, Inspiring, Trying My students altering the world Adapting, Diverting, Improving Contagious, Fruitful Change ✂- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3. Haiku Traditionally this Japanese form of poetry is about nature. In this case use it to express your feelings about your dream Directions The first line contains 5 syllables The second line contains 7 syllables The third line contains 5 syllables The Best Day Waving her hand high I see my mother’s large smile As I graduate Not mine The chirping bird stops Others let their dreams be stopped I won’t let mine stop Possible My dream is simple Others like to say I can’t My dream: show I can ✂- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4. Acrostic Directions Pick a word that adequately describes your dream. Using each letter of the word write a poem about your dream. Example: Where’s the heart without a home? Hardly anyone deserves to sleep without a bed On the other hand some people sleep without a nice place to put their head Many people need a place to stay safe from rain and sun Everyone should find a way to see that is it done
  15. 15. 5. Catalog Directions Think of what your dream is? Why is it your dream? What would happen? A catalog poem is simply a list of what something is composed of. These can be as long as you like, for the sake of space, both of the examples below are only list four examples. Drug Free Mothers returning Jobs kept Less illness Less death Souls No more cold feet No more tetanus from rusty nailed steps No more embarrassed stares Shoes for everyone ✂- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6. Quatrain Directions Each line is about the same length. Lines one and three rhyme and Lines two and four rhyme. OR Lines one and two rhyme and lines three and four rhyme. Examples Worldwide education Every child should be in school Some may think it isn’t fun or cool Everyone should have a chance To learn a bit and to advance Traveling without leaving Letters, words, sentences, & everything in a book Everyone should be able to read them if they look Those who can’t should get help & extra time Learning how to read may be hard, but it surely worth the time
  16. 16. Sign Up Sheets Name: ____________________________ Class Time: ________________ Please write THREE times that you would like to make your dream flag. Keep in mind it will need to be for 30 minutes! For example: 1. Monday 8:30-9:00 2. Tuesday 9:00-9:30 3. Tuesday 10:00-10:30 1. ______________________________ 2. ______________________________ 3. ______________________________ ✂- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Name: ____________________________ Class Time: ________________ Please write THREE times that you would like to make your dream flag. Keep in mind it will need to be for 30 minutes! For example: 1. Monday 8:30-9:00 2. Tuesday 9:00-9:30 3. Tuesday 10:00-10:30 1. ______________________________ 2. ______________________________ 3. ______________________________ ✂- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Name: ____________________________ Class Time: ________________ Please write THREE times that you would like to make your dream flag. Keep in mind it will need to be for 30 minutes! For example: 1. Monday 8:30-9:00 2. Tuesday 9:00-9:30 3. Tuesday 10:00-10:30 1. ______________________________ 2. ______________________________ 3. ______________________________
  17. 17. Dream Flag Times What you need to know. Come prepared!  You need to have two pieces of material 8½ inches by 11 inches (about the size of a piece of paper). o You may use any type of fabric, but the easiest is to cut an old t-shirt o You may use any color, but the colors are light (pastels, or white) so that you can decorate it easily. o If you want to bring more than two (in case you mess up) you are welcome! We can always save extras.  Bring your poem! o OPTIONAL If you want to buy iron-on transfers, you can print your poem onto the special paper, iron it to your material and peel it off. This works well if you have a long poem, or your handwriting is bad.  Bring any supplies you like o We will have some markers for writing, some paints for dots / lines, and some watercolors, but you may like to bring:  Feathers, Sequins, Thread, Markers (for coloring), paints (if you would like to paint large sections), beads, ribbon, etc. You will be showing up at the designated time below to prepare your dream flag. During this time you may also be asked to help other students (not in our class) create their own dream flags. You may show up early, but you don’t get to leave the table early. You should NOT show up late. If you show up late you will be expected to stay later, or come back at a later time. Tuesday 1. 2:30-3:00 2. 3:00-3:30 3. 3:30-4:00 4. 4:00-4:30 5. 4:30-5:00 6. 5:00-5:30 Wednesday 1. 11:30-12:00 2. 12:00-12:30 3. 12:30-1:00 4. 1:00-1:30 5. 1:30-2:00 6. 2:00-2:30 Thursday 1. 8:00-8:30 2. 8:30-9:00 3. 9:00-9:30 4. 9:30-10:00 5. 10:00-10:30 6. 10:30-11:00 7. 11:00-11:30 8. 11:30-12:00 9. 12:00-12:30 10. 12:30-1:00 11. 1:00-1:30 12. 1:30-2:00 13. 2:00-2:30
  18. 18. Hi Teachers I hope everything is going well with your classes! I just wanted to send a quick message to let you know about an activity my students are doing. We are making Dream Flags to be displayed around the school and shared online with other schools participating. A Dream Flag is a flag with poetry that expresses the student’s hopes and dreams. In March some of these flags will be sent to Philadelphia Dream Flag Celebration at The National Constitution Center in Pennsylvania where they will be linked with other dream flags contributed from other students worldwide. Before that they will be uploaded to the flag gallery where they can be shared with others. Since this activity will be done in English, it can be a great activity for any literature classes. It discusses dreams as well, so it could be suitable for a philosophy class. If nothing else, this will help them put their dreams in writing which means we are helping them get one step closer to achieving their goals! If your students would like to make a flag, they are welcome. I would be willing to sign papers, have a signup sheet, or photograph the students if you choose to offer extra credit and want proof they attended, just let me know! We will be working on our dream flags from _______am-_________ Tuesday ________________ and from _______-_______pm Thursday ___________. We will be _________________________________. We will have sample poems, videos explaining how to write a poem, and some materials (paints, markers etc.) to help your students make a beautiful flag! If you need to know anything else feel free to contact me. Kind Regards,
  19. 19. What are these? These are dream flags! What are dream flags? Dream flags are inspired by Tibetan Prayer Flags as well as the poetry of Langston Hughes. They have the students’ dreams on them in the form of poetry. Who made them? These flags were created by the Advanced I English class, but students worldwide make dream flags! Why? Dream Flags encourage students to dream! As an annual art and poetry event it is a great chance for students all over to be part of something international. What kind of dreams? Some of the dreams are for a better future for everyone whereas others are a bit more personal. However, ALL of them are as unique as the students. You are invited to read the poems now and think about your dreams. This April they will be sent to Philadelphia to be part of the international Dream Flag celebration!
  20. 20. ¿QuÉ son ÉstAs? ¡Estas son dream flags! ¿Qué son dream flags? Dream flags están inspirados por las banderas de oración tibetanas, como la poesía de Langston Hughes. Tienen sueños de los estudiantes en la forma de versos. ¿Quién lAs hizo? La clase Advanced I English hizo estas banderas, pero estudiantes de todo el mundo las hacen de sus sueños. ¿Por qué? ¡Dream Flags estimulan a los estudiantes a soñar! Como un evento de arte y poesía anual es una gran oportunidad para conectarse a nivel internacional. ¿Qué tipo de sueños? Algunos de los sueños son para un futuro mejor para todos. Hay otras que son un poco más personales, sin embargo, todas son tan únicas como los jovenes. Estás invitado a leer los poemas y pensar en tus propios sueños. En abril 2014 los enviaremos a Filadelfia para ser parte de la celebración internacional de Dream Flags.
  21. 21. Links  The Dream Flag Project webpage: http://dreamflags.org/  Thank You Ma’m Quizlet vocabulary words http://quizlet.com/30160045/flashcards  A video on the different types of poems (made by students!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N4dCq2CBXo  A post with the 2013-2014 ITESM Dream Flags including the video http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2014/04/the-dream-flag-celebration-is- this.html

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