Being a black kid isn't easy in Milwaukee. The statistics reflect high unemployment, high incarceration, high eviction and high homicide rates all affecting the lives of students in the Milwaukee Public Schools. In spite of this, my kids show up to school hungry for relationships and knowledge.
My students are creative and resilient, and they deserve the chance to showcase these skills in the English classroom.
However, in an urban public high school, resources are always tight and my kids often go without the things they need to learn and grow.
After a wildly successful first choice for our book club, my students have been begging for a new book to read. When given several newly released young adult novels to choose from, they unanimously agreed on their top choice: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.
Reading this book will not only help my students to further develop their own reading lives but will continue to teach them to discuss books in community.
Additionally, because this is a novel written in verse, like our first book, it will allow my students the opportunity to compare and contrast how different authors approach the genre. Students will also have the chance to dip their toes into writing their own shortened version of a novel in verse to close out the reading of this book.
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