Help me give my students personal copies of the young adult novels "Dear Martin" and "All American Boys."
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My class consists of 14 teenage boys (yes, all boys!) who took this course last year. They have high demands for the classroom experience and encourage me to be a better teacher as I look for engaging, rigorous activities to help them develop their literacy skills. They are social and energetic. Most of them love sports and dream of playing college and professional sports.
I would like to help my students see that there are many options besides sports and that strong reading/writing skills are key no matter their path.
My students might be considered "reluctant readers," but I believe it only takes connecting with ONE good book to begin a lifetime of reading.
Since our textbook is the same one they used in this course last year, my students are disinterested in reading the same stories over again. I need some modern stories that are on the right reading level and that are relevant to my students' lives.
If connected to the right book, everyone likes to read, and I predict "All American Boys" and "Dear Martin" will surprise and engage my students.
The narrators of these books are teenage guys like my students, and their stories will prompt good classroom discussion about contemporary issues.
We will read these books within a unit on social justice. I will pair relevant nonfiction texts with the novels since nonfiction analysis is an important part of students' success in English 1. I also plan to bring in guest speakers from our community to inspire these young men.
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