My students crave learning about the history of their culture, specifically how their ancestors were able to overcome obstacles due to their diversity and persevere in this country. They are all dedicated to their education and pursuing a future with a college or university upon graduating next spring. Each of these students is hardworking, dedicated, and curious about the world around them.
When I asked my students what they felt was missing the most from their senior year, they were unanimous in asking for the opportunity to visit a historical town in the south in order to be exposed to the culture both on a university campus and cultural landmarks.
The Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee has everything my diverse students are looking for in regards to an educational, emotional, and thought provoking experience.
Being able to send my students to this museum and experience the tour through history will be an experience they never forget and will be able to share with their peers upon their return.
Powerful texts increase student engagement and achievement in the classroom. The book "Just Mercy" gives a harrowing account of institutional racism in the prison system of the south and uncovers other sub groups who have been targets, silenced, and oppressed.
My students crave to read and learn about events that are relevant to them deal with contemporary issues.
The goal of my work with this book will be that students can not only read a non-fiction text for fluency, comprehension, and to increase their vocabulary, but also so they can improve their writing skills.
Argumentative and "call-to-action" writing is essential to the course I teach, and I feel that it emphasizes real world writing that students must achieve some level of mastery of by the time they graduate high school. Students will be completing research on the subject, analyzing other non-fiction articles, and researching events that are brought to attention in the book.
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