American Noir Fiction For High School English Class
My students need 30 copies of the American Noir classic, Rendezvous in Black, to read during their 11th grade English class.
Do you remember when you first fell in love with reading? My goal, as an English teacher, is to instill my students with a love of reading. However, helping students fall in love with reading requires access to great works of literature.
My students are predominantly African-American and Latino, and they come from some of the most violent and impoverished neighborhoods in our state.
As learners and thinkers, my students possess a remarkable capacity for creative expression. They are astonishingly brave in the risks they take to express an idea or communicate a feeling. However, when navigating print texts or utilizing written prose as a medium of expression, their reach often exceeds their grasp.
In a typical 11th grade class at my school, the reading levels vary from students at a 3rd grade level to students capable of reading Toni Morrison. Many of my students were not exposed to reading on a consistent basis during crucial years of their formative development. As such, some of my students need intensive work to repair literacy deficits stemming from their early years, while others need to be challenged even further in their reading.
I am requesting 30 copies of the novel Rendezvous in Black to read during their independent reading class. I believe that literacy skills are crucial in preparing students for the rigors of college-level work. The ability to read and write is often a determining factor in the choices and options one has in life after high school. Therefore, it is imperative that students develop an enduring love for reading. These books will help my students discover the unique and immense joys that can be derived from losing yourself in a book.
The literacy skills of many students in our country are in peril.
However, to effectively remedy this situation, students must be provided with texts that stimulate their interest. These books will be invaluable assets in my school's larger literacy push.
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