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.
Throughout the year, my students read literature that reflects their lived experiences. Now that we've built background knowledge and refined reading skills, we're ready to expand our knowledge of the world beyond America, using books as our guide.
By reading Sold by Patricia McCormick, a book that includes both parallels and divergences from life as a teen in Milwaukee, my students will have a chance to learn about and relate to life in India.
Because my students will be simultaneously reading Sold in English and learning about India in World Geography, their opportunities for interdisciplinary connections will enhance their understanding. All around, students will have the opportunity to see how their lives are connected to the lives of others around the world by reading and discussing this book.
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