My goal for my Collab freshman English class is to be a a safe place where at-risk students are exposed to contemporary, diverse literature. My wish is to provide my motivated students access to resources beyond the traditionally Western, white, male written literature. I want them to see themselves in the written works that make them feel empowered and ready to find out what variation of art and expression exists in the world.
I want to transform the way these students view reading, and I desire to push them to a place where they feel comfortable to grab a book, discuss it, and yearn for more.
Freshman year is such a developmentally impactful year for young adults who are carving out their personalities and futures. I want to guide them in the right direction using modern and culturally relevant resources.
I wish to provide my students a Hunger Games unit that will raise their interest and engagement with reading. I don't want to hear the phrase, "I don't like reading" anymore, because there are so many wonderfully engaging books that exist in the world. I want to give them access to a memorable text they can't put down.
With these books, I want to create an interactive unit in which students can be a part of a Hunger Games district, find parallels with current events, explore the idea of star-crossed lovers, and become involved with a book that they can't put down!
This has been a requested book from my personal library many times, and it is usually on the waiting list. Instead of making students wait for a book, it would be such an honor to explore the relevancy of it in our classroom.
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