My students are dedicated to what they do here at our middle school. Most of my students come from a Hispanic/Latino culture. I also have students from the Pacific Islands and Africa, as well as some Caucasian students. We are a Title I school located close to an international airport.
I dedicate about 10% of my class time each week for literature circle time where students get to spend time reading a book in a group of 4-5 other students.
They enjoy and appreciate the time they are given to read and learn with others which also helps build their comprehension of literature as well as their vocabulary.
I try to keep contemporary and current novels in my classroom curriculum so that students can read books that they will be interested in and so that they can develop a love for reading and for books.
The novel Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes illustrates the causes and effects of social injustice, particularly among young African American males being murdered with the accused person not receiving any punishment for the act. This novel demonstrates how we can be kinder and less prejudiced against other human beings, not just African Americans. There are many characters in the book who my students could identify with. The author wrote this novel trying to reach parents, students, and teachers to teach us to break the cycle of prejudice so that these acts, whether intentional or unintentional, are not repeated.
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