My 7th grade language arts classroom is less of a class and more of a community, where we are all sharing ideas and communicating and learning from one another at the same time.
The students who I have the pleasure of guiding have the ability to make great changes in the world given the right information and tools, and I want to help my students to reach their goals in life by giving them the tools to better understand, empathize, and communicate with others and through literature.
My desire is to make them informed and engaged citizens of the world, set on making it a beautiful, better, and more literate place.
The novel that I am requesting for all of my students deals with hot-button issues like drunk driving, teen suicide, and depression with skill and delicacy. Tears of a Tiger is a gripping novel that will mesmerize students with its relatable characters and honest portrayal of teenage angst and depression. As Tears of a Tiger is an epistolary novel, its inclusion in my classroom syllabus offers students a break from the traditional format of a novel and exposure to alternative forms of literary expression
In my class, Tears of a Tiger will act as a vehicle to drive important conversations for many issues that are relevant to adolescents in a powerful way.
Although death is a big focus of this novel, the many other themes, including parent-child relationships, responsibility, and emotional health not only provide for great literary lessons, but also serve to promote discussion about these real-life issues within a susceptible classroom of preteens or teenagers.
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