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  • Grant High School
  • Portland, OR
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households Data about students' economic need comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, via our partners at MDR Education. Learn more

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I can't wait to hear what my students will have to say about this novel, which is a perfect text for young teens to approach discussions about race and racism. Starr, the perceptive African-American main character, attends a predominantly white school and struggles with typical teen problems which will engage students - dating, frenemies, and fitting in - but the book is not just a typical young adult read. The Hate U Give has complex and nuanced characters of all races, a plot pulled out of news headlines, and historical references ripe for research. While students explore personal experiences around race through journals and discussions, we will also research - who is Emmett Till? what is the Black Lives Matter movement? I can't think of a better book to enagage all readers, but especially reluctant ones, and to get students learning and talking about race and class in America. I would love to use this as a "hook" book early in the year, but our school does not have enough copies for students to use.

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I can't wait to hear what my students will have to say about this novel, which is a perfect text for young teens to approach discussions about race and racism. Starr, the perceptive African-American main character, attends a predominantly white school and struggles with typical teen problems which will engage students - dating, frenemies, and fitting in - but the book is not just a typical young adult read. The Hate U Give has complex and nuanced characters of all races, a plot pulled out of news headlines, and historical references ripe for research. While students explore personal experiences around race through journals and discussions, we will also research - who is Emmett Till? what is the Black Lives Matter movement? I can't think of a better book to enagage all readers, but especially reluctant ones, and to get students learning and talking about race and class in America. I would love to use this as a "hook" book early in the year, but our school does not have enough copies for students to use.

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