Do you remember thinking that history was boring and didn't relate to your life? In my classroom, I am constantly trying to make instruction innovating and show my students how interesting history can be, while improving key skills to carry them into the next stage of life.
My school is an urban, public school with a very high poverty rate.
My students are 11th grade International Baccalaureate students. They are bright and inquisitive. They come from very diverse backgrounds. Despite hardships in their own lives, they have grand visions for themselves that they are working hard to achieve.
My students are learning about the Mexican Revolution. This includes a component that shows the impact of the Revolution on the arts. This includes the novel The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela. They will use this book to connect our knowledge of the Revolution to the arts - while improving literacy skills.
This donation allows my students to interact with the material in a more relatable way.
It shows my students the important of literacy in society and helps expand their understanding of how literature can reflect and impact society. For a growing portion of my students, it also allows them to read and acknowledge the influence of an important Latino figure, which can expand their vision for themselves.
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