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Reading the novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds as a whole class will help keep students engaged during the spring semester and will help students feel confident about completing a longer work of literature that has rich writing and complex themes. My students read The Outsiders in the fall, and this novel in the spring will further our thematic conversations about teens learning to do what is right in the face of moral conflicts. Since the novel is written in verse, it will provide a great segue into our poetry unit. The author, Jason Reynolds, has just published a book of poetry, Ain’t Burned All the Bright, that directly relates to the pandemic. A smaller set of this book of poetry will provide my advanced students with additional materials 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. All of these new resources will be displayed proudly on a new bookshelf, which will not only be used to store these new books but will provide a station for my current poetry collection, inspiring students to further creativity.

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Reading the novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds as a whole class will help keep students engaged during the spring semester and will help students feel confident about completing a longer work of literature that has rich writing and complex themes. My students read The Outsiders in the fall, and this novel in the spring will further our thematic conversations about teens learning to do what is right in the face of moral conflicts. Since the novel is written in verse, it will provide a great segue into our poetry unit. The author, Jason Reynolds, has just published a book of poetry, Ain’t Burned All the Bright, that directly relates to the pandemic. A smaller set of this book of poetry will provide my advanced students with additional materials 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. All of these new resources will be displayed proudly on a new bookshelf, which will not only be used to store these new books but will provide a station for my current poetry collection, inspiring students to further creativity.

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