Chaos and order describe the creations in the Muppet universe. These words can also be used to describe students in middle school. Middle school students who thrive in chaos love sound, talking, laughter. They can find success in an environment where group exploration and communication with peers occurs daily. The students who like order need an environment that is quiet, with agendas and routines. My job is to find the balance and to teach how we communicate when our classmates are the opposite of what we tend to be.
I have the pleasure of teaching English Language Arts to about 130 students on a daily basis.
My students come to me from all walks of life. Some come from very nuclear households where families have meals together and travel to exotic places on holidays. Some come through my doors without having been out of the city they currently reside and learn in.
Finally, some of my students do not have a place that they can call home on regular basis. It does not matter to me where my chaos and order students come from, because they are all my sweet angel babies and deserve the very best.
Class Act is the second novel by Jerry Craft that follows several African American students as they navigate life in middle school. As if being an early teen wasn't hard enough it gets even hard when these students and their classmates are forced to face racism, stereotyping, and how to communicate with their white classmates who have never dealt with these tough conversations.
This book will be read with over 100 6th and 8th grade students.
It will allow us to dive deeper into understanding race and its impact on a middle school education. The book is a graphic novel so it will catch the interest of all reading levels in class and help us to focus on being part of the solution instead of the problem.
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