My students come from all over the world. They have different socioeconomic backgrounds and their home lives are as diverse as their tastes in music. For some, their educational backgrounds are fraught with disruption and turmoil, while others have been honors students since they were in fifth grade.
The unique diversity of my students' learning styles and language needs make having specialized resources available in the classroom imperative to their success.
Daily, students work individually and in groups to analyze fiction and non-fiction class texts, including a mixture of classic and contemporary literature. In order to make these texts as accessible as possible to our diverse learners, we utilize as many modalities as possible.
With your help, my students will have access to a class set of a graphic novel version of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet which we will read in conjunction with the original Shakespeare text.
The No Fear Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Graphic Novel allows students to visually interpret the Bard's magical drama in a way that is more accessible that just reading the words on a page and discussing as a class.
The images, in conjunction with the graphics, allows students to make connections that they otherwise might not be able to make with just the text by itself. Since my students come from such diverse learning experiences and backgrounds, many have not interacted with the language of Shakespeare prior to entering my classroom. They find Romeo and Juliet intimidating and confusing, resulting in them disengaging from the material and the classroom culture in general. The graphic novel will help them connect with the text in a familiar modality, allowing them to feel safe to take chances and participate in classroom discussions and small group activities. Offering my students a different way to engage with the text, in a format that is familiar and enjoyable to them, will allow them to be successful and engaged in a way they may not have been otherwise.
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