My students need 40 Julius Caesar graphic novels to read for the last month of school.
Remember your last month of school when you just wanted it to be summer vacation? I want one last chance to inspire, challenge, and motivate my students as they prepare for the end of 6th grade with Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, in a graphic novel.
The school is a minority all boys public school, with the majority of students at or below the poverty line.
It is our third year open and we have struggled to have books for english language arts all year. Now that the school year is almost over, our book budget has run out. In spite of this, in my 11 years of teaching this has been most intelligent and forward thinking group of students I have had the pleasure of working with. They enjoy learning and need a strong curriculum to keep their avid minds expanding.
I want to push these young thinkers to the next level and expose them to one last literary master, Shakespeare, but in a graphic novel format to tap into their creativity as well. Plus for the special needs students, having visual aids will help them grasp the content more readily. Moreover, this pairs well with their final Social Studies unit where they are studying Rome.
We started with grade level books such as Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, City of Ember, and a biography about Steve Jobs. We then moved into nonfiction by reading articles from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily News, and Huffington Post. This past unit has focus on poetry and currently we are studying Edgar Allan Poe.
I believe in public education but budget cuts and testing have made a challenging career an even bigger uphill battle when trying to capture the minds of 94 adolescent boys.
They are so bright and full of promise, that I implore you to please help me as I attempt to close the achievement gap.
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