The majority of my students come from a low socioeconomic background. We are a small, rural school. These students have very little understanding of the world outside their community. They simply lack exposure.
One of my main goals is to bring the world to them.
They need to understand that the problems they face are similar to those faced across the world. We have all felt alienation and identity issues.
Understanding that we are all inherently the same at the core, despite cultural differences, will lead to a better grasp of the world around us.
My AP Literature students are coming into the class without some of the background skills that they need in order to be successful. Starting this summer, the incoming class will be completing a summer reading project to better prepare them for the rigors of an AP class. The book How to Read Literature Like a Professor is an excellent resource to give them a needed boost.
The book will aid in filling in gaps in knowledge and prepare them to analyze higher level literature.
The class tackles very difficult pieces such as Catch-22, Heart of Darkness, and Invisible Man. By developing reading skills over the summer, we can spend more time on utilizing skills for actual analysis.
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