I teach English language development to an amazing group of refugee and immigrant students. Many of them had severely interrupted schooling before they got here, so they are not only learning English and all of their school subjects in English, but they are also learning all other academic skills and subjects.
My students are eager to learn and deeply appreciative of the opportunities they have here at our school.
My goal is to provide them with every opportunity and resource that they need to be successful in their new home.
In our English Language Development class, we have learned about the United States' criminal justice system, and because many of my students showed interest, I purchased (with the help of amazing donors on DonorsChoose) some copies of the young reader's edition of Just Mercy.
We discussed the book and I read the first chapter aloud during a weekly installment of First Chapter Fridays, and the copies got borrowed from me on the spot.
This field trip will give all my students the chance to see this book on the big screen and will be an incredible way to begin a deeply exploratory unit on criminal justice. Students are eager to write about topics they are passionate about, so I know I will easily be able to center writing in the unit. I am sure I will need to get more copies of the book after we go to see the film.
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