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Reading the novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds as a whole class will help keep students emotionally involved during the spring semester and will help students feel confident and self-assured about completing a longer work of literature that has rich writing and complex themes. My students read The Outsiders during the fall semester, and this novel in the spring will further our thematic conversations about teens learning to do what is right, even through moral conflicts. Since the novel is written in verse, it will provide a great segue into our poetry unit and allow students to see a diverse text. The author, Jason Reynolds, has recently published a book of poetry, Ain’t Burned All the Bright. A smaller set of this book of poetry will provide my advanced students with further resources to extend their learning. Both books will combine to provide a rich mentor text for the writing portion of our poetry unit, in which students will complete Blackout poems using the Sharpie markers. We will also be showing off their poetry learning through the use of poster board sheets for my more visual and kinesthetic learners.

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Reading the novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds as a whole class will help keep students emotionally involved during the spring semester and will help students feel confident and self-assured about completing a longer work of literature that has rich writing and complex themes. My students read The Outsiders during the fall semester, and this novel in the spring will further our thematic conversations about teens learning to do what is right, even through moral conflicts. Since the novel is written in verse, it will provide a great segue into our poetry unit and allow students to see a diverse text. The author, Jason Reynolds, has recently published a book of poetry, Ain’t Burned All the Bright. A smaller set of this book of poetry will provide my advanced students with further resources to extend their learning. Both books will combine to provide a rich mentor text for the writing portion of our poetry unit, in which students will complete Blackout poems using the Sharpie markers. We will also be showing off their poetry learning through the use of poster board sheets for my more visual and kinesthetic learners.

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