My students are from low-income families. They are struggling readers, many reading far below their reading levels. They are not performing on the state tests. I want to improve their reading comprehension while making sure they are reading a novel which is engaging.
These two novels, The Help and Mississippi Trial, 1955, have always been beloved by my students.
I would like to have a class set in my room, so I don't have to borrow these novels from another school and can teach it again and again.
The majority of my students are African-American and will be studying Civil Rights at the time we'll be reading these novels. They'll be able to make many connections between fiction and nonfiction. There are many informational texts which coincide with the novels. I plan on doing project-based learning with the novels as well. They are currently working on an empathy project.
Gifted/Honors will be reading The Help, while my general education/inclusion classes will be reading Mississippi Trial, 1955.
My students will LOVE these novels. I think they will be a phenomenal way to wrap up the end of the school year before they head off to high school.
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