I'm a special education teacher who works with a diverse and sometimes complicated population. I teach two self-contained classes, English 9 and English 10. My students come from various socioeconomic and reading backgrounds. They've been told most of their lives they are poor readers. In turn, getting my students to read anything besides a text message is a daunting task.
Despite their academic limitations, my students are creative, savvy, funny, and caring individuals.
They never fail to amaze me with their wit, originality, technological skills, and hands-on skills.
Although many of my students aren't college-bound, they are preparing for a life of work, trade schools, and becoming productive members of society through their current programming.
Each semester, students and teachers at my school are required to complete Project Based Learning. For the first semester, I plan for my students to read “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. I will follow the book with the movie. Students will then write a movie review article or vlog about creative license – Which is better: the book or the movie?
“The Hate U Give” is a novel that is relevant and relatable to my students’ lives.
I hope to engage my students by including various news articles and videos that relate to the topic of this novel.
As I have relatively small classes, I need approximately 15 books for my project. The books will stay in the classroom, as we will read together daily.
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