My students go to a school that is low-income/high-poverty. They eat breakfast, lunch and often, dinner at school. Although they love to read, write and make art, they often lack the essential materials.
About eighty-five percent of the students in my class are English learners.
They love to read, write, and create works of art, but they attend a school with very limited resources.
The students have often gotten to my class without ever having read a book, had their own notebook, or used paint and colors to create art.
A Separate Peace is a novel by John Knowles that my class will read together with the teacher. Since it is such a strong coming-of-age story, my class will read it together to learn the lessons of humility, taking responsibility for one's actions, and poise.
My class will also read the novel to tackle higher-level vocabulary, to practice grammar in sentence writing using a professional exemplar, and to delve deep into comprehending the story to grasp the deeper meanings that are reflected in my students' lives.
Having a chance to read high-level literature allows my students to reach a level of self-reflection, erudition, and maturity that cannot be attained reading the basic excerpts the students are typically given in their textbooks.
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