My students come from across the Richmond area and are approximately 85% minority. Those attending the school receive free or reduced lunch. I teach English and am the sponsor for the yearbook and am a big proponent of fostering creativity in the classroom. My students are enthusiastic about creating opportunities to demonstrate their learning (as an alternative to traditional means of assessment) but are frustrated by lack of access to or availability of materials in order to express themselves the way that they would like to.
Please help me give my students access to books that spark their interest in reading so as to develop their love of reading and foster critical reading and thinking skills.
The book I have selected, The Hate U Give, is one that will engage the students' interest because it addresses topics and issues that concern them and has impacted their lives in one way or another.
Because of the engaging nature of the book, students will experience a high level of engagement with the book which, in turn, will help with their comprehension of the text and help them develop and strengthen their ability to critically analyze a text.
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