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Mr. Schwarting’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Ridgevue High School
  • Nampa, ID
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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My students are voracious readers, hungrily pouring through page after page. In our studies this year, we have asked the question "how do we form and shape our identities?" We have tried to answer this question by examining the lives of different literary characters, and by discussing how race, poverty, family, tragedy, society, and individual choices shaped them. I want this question to be powerful and relevant to all of my students, and I want to share books with them that they can all relate to. I have so many sweet, Hispanic students who yearn for books rich in themes of social justice; books that spotlight their family's culture, and encourage them to build their own identities. The novel, "The House of the Scorpion," describes the life of Matt, a young man who discovers he is a clone. He fights against prejudice and cruelty, and eventually escapes his captors, fleeing a drug cartel to find new purpose and acceptance in Mexican society. It is a beautiful story of hope that shaped my experiences when I read it in high school. I want to bring that same hope to my students.

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My students are voracious readers, hungrily pouring through page after page. In our studies this year, we have asked the question "how do we form and shape our identities?" We have tried to answer this question by examining the lives of different literary characters, and by discussing how race, poverty, family, tragedy, society, and individual choices shaped them. I want this question to be powerful and relevant to all of my students, and I want to share books with them that they can all relate to. I have so many sweet, Hispanic students who yearn for books rich in themes of social justice; books that spotlight their family's culture, and encourage them to build their own identities. The novel, "The House of the Scorpion," describes the life of Matt, a young man who discovers he is a clone. He fights against prejudice and cruelty, and eventually escapes his captors, fleeing a drug cartel to find new purpose and acceptance in Mexican society. It is a beautiful story of hope that shaped my experiences when I read it in high school. I want to bring that same hope to my students.

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