My students need 35 copies of S. E. Hinton's Rumble Fish to read in Compensatory English for 9th graders.
Mark Twain said, "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." In my compensatory English class, my goal will be to cultivate an appreciation for reading and English in the lives of low readers, at-risk students, and learning disabled adolescents.
The students in this class have been specifically chosen for this extra class so that they can begin the regular high school English curriculum as close to grade level and peer norms as possible.
They are the lower level 9th graders at a rural school in South Mississippi which was previously devastated by Hurricane Katrina. These students do not have much background in reading, and because most of them have struggled in reading and language, they make have a sense of fear when it comes to reading longer works of literature.
Therefore, I think that Rumble Fish by SE Hinton is a perfect novel to start their voyage through high school English classes. It shows them that reading does not have to be difficult or intimidating in order to be beautiful and meaningful. I will use this novel to hopefully cultivate the habit of reading in these students who may not currently see themselves as college bound, but can certainly achieve that with a little push and a lot of love. A novel like this can show them just what they are capable of.
My students so need these books.
Our library doesn't have any other selection that would be on their average reading and comprehension level. This is perfect novel. Give these students the advantage of reading that Mark Twain mentioned in his quote! They deserve it!!
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