As a teacher of English, I believe that every student has the right to have a class set of books to read, snacks to get by through a long day, and school supplies that allow them to complete work and tasks effectively. I teach at a high school where budgets are limited and incredibly tight.
My kids are intelligent, fierce and precocious individuals, often hungry with desire to read more novels and texts that bring them personal relevance.
They come from communities in which are impoverished and have families who would like to provide more, but due to tight budgets within their family dynamics, purchasing these essentials can be a difficult thing.
Our school collection of books are nearly depleted, out of date, and damaged, so replenishing them with more modern books in building student interest is much desired. Adding "Jazz" by Toni Morrison would be a great asset to our school library and collection so that other teachers may use these books themselves if they ever want to teach a unit specializing Professor Morrison's work.
My students need 40 copies of Toni Morrison's novel, "Jazz"
for critical study in AP English Language and Composition.
In the school that I teach in, there are teachers that are teaching sections of Advanced Placement courses. I happen to be teaching a section of AP Language and Composition. Toni Morrison's novel "Jazz", has been a canonical work that has been read by students, and this novel allows them to delve deeply into both the author's purpose, craft and rhetorical strategies that make language effective and challenging. By reading this text, students' skills in passing the AP exam at the end of the school year are further enriched also because the novel has appeared as exemplars in past AP exams. It is also a canonical book written by a late, great Nobel Prize laureate who is known for writing about the African-American experience from slavery to today. It definitely would make a challenging and engaging read for my students!
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