Connecting Students To Representative And Relevant Novels (Part 2)
My students need a class set of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
This project expired on September 13, 2018.
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My students are ninth graders at a neighborhood high school in North Philadelphia who are resilient and critical students trying to make sense of the world around them. They are growing up in one of Philadelphia's most underserved communities. Most of our students are Latinx and Black, and many others are white, Southeast Asian, or Middle Eastern. We serve many English learners and students with special education needs.
Our students could benefit greatly from relevant, representative literature that they can use as a lens through which to examine their world.
As my students begin their high school careers, I hope to help them become engaged readers by connecting them to novels that are current and relatable, with narrators that will seem familiar but also push them to view the world with empathy and critical engagement.
As Latinx and Black teenagers growing up in Kensington, students may not be used to seeing themselves reflected in literature.
In recent years, diverse voices have emerged in young adult literature to shine a light on these lives.
The Hate U Give, narrated by a young Black woman coping with police violence, will be a way for students to see themselves in literature and engage in conversations about systemic racism.
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