I have students that come from a wide range of backgrounds that could greatly benefit by me incorporating more literacy based instruction. I come from a very impoverished school with nearly 100% of our students benefiting from free or reduced-price lunch. Although we have many resources present for student use, at times access to resources are limited due to the amount and number of teachers requesting use of resources.
My students are smart, kind, loving, and eager for knowledge growth and enhancement.
Once they are in my classroom and we are engaged in social and or political conversations I can see their eyes light up and they sit up in their chairs/desks ready to learn more about a given subject. They beam with joy once a concept is grasped or when they have the ability to share what they've learned with their peers for peer reinforcement.
Having access to a class set of "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" book will allow students to be engaged while learning more about the life of a female slave through her eyes. "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" is a phenomenal story of slavery told through the eyes of a former slave, Harriet Jacobs. This novel tells a story from first hand experience that will allow students the chance to see slavery from a different perspective than traditionally displayed through textbooks and other academic resources. Throughout the American History I course, we go through early colonization and end with western expansion. During the last few weeks of my course, I would like the students to have the chance to read this book, out loud in the classroom setting to encourage questions and answers throughout, group discussion, and reflection. The time frame for reading, reflecting and assessing the novel will be approximately 4 to 5 days.
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