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Classic Literature for Low Income/Sheltered Students
My students need copies of "Two Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" to become critical readers, writers, and thinkers.
Although the middle school where I teach is between two larger cities, it is very secluded and sheltered. In fact, a great majority of the students have not ventured out of their area. We are a Title I school and serve free breakfast and free lunch to all students who attend. A huge majority of the 110 students are English Language Learners (ELLs) and are either first or second generation Americans. This creates extra challenges to ensure that all students receive differentiated instruction to order to meet their needs.
Even though my students live in a secluded area, they need to have equal access to literature.
My students need access to American literature such as "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" for many reasons. First, both of these novels will teach them about the early history of America. It is imperative that they are exposed to this material if they want to be able to understand the modern conversations they hear on the news and how our country has - or has not - evolved. If my students are not exposed to this material, I will be doing them an injustice as a teacher because, throughout high school and college, these two novels will be referenced. Ultimately, I will help to build their background knowledge while fostering critical readers, writers, and thinkers of tomorrow.
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