I am currently teaching 9th grade English. My students face challenges like extreme poverty, homelessness, addiction and neighborhood violence. Our students primarily live in the surrounding urban, low-income community of Minneapolis, MN.
Our school is 98% students of color and nearly all of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
My students are hilarious, resilient, and deserve the highest quality education. Each day, my students and I strive to ensure that we create a learning environment that is suitable for all students to be successful.
Long Way Down addresses an internal and external conflict as the protagonist decides whether or not to seek revenge for the murder of his brother. This book is written in free verse poetry and uses figurative language and unique word choice to establish tone and mood. Students will analyze techniques used and draw evidence from several exemplar texts (informational and poetic) to support their mastery of citing text, determining theme/central idea, understanding complex characters/characterization, recognizing the cumulative impact of figurative language and poetic form, and finding connections between ideas introduced and developed in the texts.
Students will be able to meet English standards due to the nature of the narrative’s poetry.
The text can easily be chunked and scaffolded for struggling students, yet enhanced with non-fiction and real-world connections to extend further learning. Student learning will focus on the analysis of both informational and poetic texts, while creating their own narrative poetry that explores themes of revenge and justice.
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