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Literature Circles: Decolonizing the High School Canon

Help me give my students access to diverse books: retellings of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Project

In this literature circles unit, students will practice comparing and contrasting in order to answer the question: is the high school canon universal, or do the stories that mean to the most of us reflect our own lives and experiences?

Students will investigate how non-white authors reimagine canonical texts such as Frankenstein and Pride & Prejudice through a social justice lens.

In a graphic novel, Frankenstein is reimagined as a grieving mother who uses science to resurrect her murdered son in the wake of police brutality. Similarly, the creature is imagined in a contemporary novel as being composed of the body parts of murdered Iraqi citizens seeking revenge after the War Against Terror.

Similarly, the contemporary retellings of Pride & Prejudice situate Elizabeth Bennet in Brooklyn as an Afro Latina teenager fed up with gentrifiers changing her neighborhood, and as a Pakistani school teacher frustrated by regressive cultural expectation that she must marry to be of value.

Mr. Zack
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Victor LaValle's Destroyer (1) • Amazon Business $13.99 15 $209.85
Pride: A Pride & Prejudice Remix • Amazon Business $9.19 15 $137.85
Frankenstein • Amazon Business $7.97 15 $119.55
Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.79 6 $94.74
Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics) • Amazon Business $5.95 15 $89.25
Unmarriageable: A Novel • Amazon Business $14.39 6 $86.34

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