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Ms. Hiner
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households
  • 13 donors
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Bring Africa to the Classroom: Class Novel Set

My students need 60 books of the novel Weep Not, Child for our African literature unit. This will expose them to an area of the world they would not otherwise see.

My Students

Did you ever learn about Africa? In many public schools today, students do not have a chance to learn about other cultures. Africa, specifically, receives little attention and, consequently, students graduate our public schools with limited world knowledge. Help me bring Africa to my classroom!

I teach 8th grade Reading (standard level) at a public school in Florida.

My students come from a range of backgrounds, but include many students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. At my school, we are working tirelessly to help our students. We want to get each of them on a college track and prepare each and every one of them to be productive citizens in our society. With our world more connected than ever, creating college track students and productive citizens must include exposure to other parts of the world. Because my school is in a small town and because many of them have limited home resources, my students rarely have opportunities to experience different countries and cultures. So, I am working to expose them through the literature we read in my classroom.

My Project

I am asking for two class sets of the novel Weep Not, Child by Ngugi wa Thiong'o. This novel takes place in British colonial Kenya and deals with the Mau Mau uprising. Weep Not, Child tells the fictional story of a poor family living in rural Kenya and trace the impact of colonialism and the Mau Mau uprising on the family as individuals. While many themes run throughout the novel, it focuses largely on the value of education, the control of land and its importance to native Kenyans, and on the subject of colonialism as a whole. Students will complete literary analysis activities ranging from literary analysis paragraphs, language evaluations, and critical thinking activities. I will also use the novel to teach students about colonialism on the African continent as a whole and as well as to expose them to African cultures. The novel will be taught from a historical perspective, meaning students will learn African history as part of the unit.

It is extremely important in our global society to bring different countries and cultures from around the world into the classroom.

Students are no longer separated by city, state, country, or continent. Exposing students to other sides of history, to different languages, and to different cultures allows students to expand their world view. This will make them more conscious individuals, creating a culture of respect and tolerance for our modern society.

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Weep Not, Child (Penguin African Writers) • Amazon $11.49 60 $689.40

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