My students come from a mixture of urban homes ranging in financial and ethnic background. As a result my class has learned a great deal about life from one another. Many of my students have faced hardships adults don't have to face and have become rough around the edges. We have worked together throughout the year to make our classroom a safe, respectful and peaceful place to work, learn and play. This population of students finds a safe haven in our nurturing, supportive and family oriented school. My students have learned to take on leadership roles, show their own initiative and invest in their own learning.
In our first unit of the school year, students will be learning how conflicts arise, how they are handled and how groups of people come together to solve or help with these conflicts. "A Long Walk to Water" shows how a conflict affects a number of different populations, and in the end explains how different organizations and groups of people come together to try to help refugees. We want each student to have a copy of the book in order for them to have maximum comfort with their reading, and assignments that will focus on this text. Students will use the texts to practice citing text-based answers and be able to review parts of the story that are most important.
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