I teach 9th grade Language Arts in high schools to students with a wide variety of reading abilities. Some are voracious readers and some are reluctant- like in many classrooms. I love recommending books to my students, especially books that offer diversity. I am in constant need to find books students can relate to and keep their interest.
We have a need for diversity in our school that this book can offer.
My students are excited to see the world and what it has to offer through books. I find my true passion is talking to students about books. When students come to me searching for recommendations because they loved what I previously suggested, that is when I feel like I've made a difference. This book will inspire them to write their own poetry.
My 9th grade language arts classroom would like a set of "Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds. This novel is told in poetry form and would be used to help teach poetry to students in a contemporary way. The story is told in short narrative verse and looks at teenage gun violence, which brilliantly takes place in sixty seconds. This is a crucial sixty seconds where the teenage narrator has to make a moral decision that will impact his future. The themes, page line-breaks and fast paced story will relate to even the most reluctant reader. In addition, it is important to expose students to diverse authors and books.
This book is relevant- this book is now- this book is needed.
By donating to our classroom, my students will be reading diverse books with a theme every kid can relate to and will in turn inspire them to write their own poetry.
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