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The use of Literature Circles provides choice for students, which then gives them ownership of their own learning. By adding Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel to my collection, I am able to diversify their options. In Literature Circles, students take on various roles while reading before meeting weekly to guide their own discussion of the novel. These "book clubs" are incredibly rewarding because students are held accountable for their work by their peers, and they truly enjoy participating in the rich conversation about the complexities of humanity that inevitably arise from the fictional books in their hands. It is important for students to read engaging and challenging works of literature in order to become better critical and analytical thinkers, and hopefully, develop into life long learners. It is also important to have students read 21st century works written by female authors because far too much emphasis is placed on The Canon. Since many students cannot relate to the work written by "dead white guys", they become disinterested and a learning opportunity is missed. I hope you will consider contributing to my project so that I can give my kids two fresh and exciting novels to read in my AP Literature class this year!

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The use of Literature Circles provides choice for students, which then gives them ownership of their own learning. By adding Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel to my collection, I am able to diversify their options. In Literature Circles, students take on various roles while reading before meeting weekly to guide their own discussion of the novel. These "book clubs" are incredibly rewarding because students are held accountable for their work by their peers, and they truly enjoy participating in the rich conversation about the complexities of humanity that inevitably arise from the fictional books in their hands. It is important for students to read engaging and challenging works of literature in order to become better critical and analytical thinkers, and hopefully, develop into life long learners. It is also important to have students read 21st century works written by female authors because far too much emphasis is placed on The Canon. Since many students cannot relate to the work written by "dead white guys", they become disinterested and a learning opportunity is missed. I hope you will consider contributing to my project so that I can give my kids two fresh and exciting novels to read in my AP Literature class this year!

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