The students at my urban high school come from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. My goal is to offer my students as many opportunities as I can to grow as learners and to interact with the world. I believe that within the classroom, the best way for students to see how big the world can be is through literature. I continually strive to offer my students engaging texts that appeal to their interests as well as new texts that take them beyond what they know.
Studying the Hero's Journey is an important unit in ninth grade because it helps students see connections between different times, places, and cultures. It serves to foster the empathy and global-mindedness that we value at my school. We have always read The Odyssey and have often paired it with graphic novels, but the graphic novel we currently own was published over thirty years ago and does not reflect the interests or values of today's students.
I hope to refresh this unit by introducing Ms Marvel, the story of a 16-year-old girl named Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American girl from New Jersey who stumbles into greatness.
She is a character my students can relate to while still engaging some of my more reluctant readers through the visual medium of the graphic novel.
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