Learning for all, whatever it takes—that’s the motto here at my school. Each teacher works with grit, resilience and faith that our students will grow every year. For the past two years, I’ve been inspired by the work and dedication of both teachers and students in this building. This year, I am teaching our school’s first Honors Eighth Grade English and Social Studies Class. I’ve witnessed these students emerge from new sixth graders into eighth graders that lead both inside and outside the classroom. The intent of this project is to provide these leaders books that will both inspire a love of literacy and challenge their historical thinking skills.
As with our last two novels, this book will serve the duel purpose of helping my students develop strong reading skills aligned with Common Core Standards as well as teach them valuable lessons by having them reflect on our country's past. I selected Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry because it not only provides a good story about a family trying to make they best with what they have, but it also explicitly reveals the racism that pervaded in rural Mississippi through they viewpoint of a child.
Beyond the classroom, these novels will help my students develop skills in contextualization, empathy and it will most certainly provoke many valuable and reflective discussions.
Additionally, the stylistic conventions in this novel will also help my students see how writers can use literary devices that develop a clear picture of setting, plot and characterization within a story. I am really excited for the opportunity to have my students invested into another well-crafted piece of literature.
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