As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. The students at my school are a mix of a multitude of ethnicities. We have some students from America, Mexico, Egypt, Ethiopia, and more. This mixture of students allows for a rich and unique experience for children of all ages! My students are learning something new from each other each and everyday.
Despite the challenges that they may face, I believe that EACH child has the right to a rigorous education from dedicated educators.
I have been working diligently this year to teach students the skills that they need to become self advocates. We are working each day on social and emotional skills in addition to the English content that is used in ninth grade.
We will kick off the year by reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. My sincerest hope for this novel is for it to be THE book that starts our freshmen on a path toward a passionate and long-term love of reading. One of the most effective ways to help our students improve their reading levels is to have them read texts that they can be excited to discuss and write about. This novel is a high-interest story about a young black girl who attends an all-white high school in order to explore more options for her education and future. This text explores issues concerning identity, education, advocacy, loyalty, family, and friendship. It is an extremely relatable novel for our freshmen who experience many of these same ups and downs every day.
Your donation to this project will allow me to have a class set of this book so that each student can have his/her own book when he/she comes to class each day.
Additionally, students could have the opportunity to take the novel home with them. It will ultimately help students reach their goal of growing two years of reading (or more!) during their freshmen year of high school. It will also allow them to learn discussion and writing skills necessary for success in high school and beyond.
To supplement the work that we do with this novel I plan to take all of the freshman class to see the book's movie this October.
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