My students need group sets of nonfiction texts, including "Zeitoun," "Nickel and Dimed," "The Woman Warrior," and "An American Childhood."
Reading fanciful fiction captures the mind, but reading about the real world through the eyes of another tugs at the heartstrings, inspires, confuses, and enrages. The truth can truly be stranger than fiction.
My students are preparing for college by taking rigorous English classes.
They attend an urban school in the inner city where high expectations for students are not always normal. The students at my school and their families choose my school for the rigorous college prep experience, the promise of high expectations, and a support system designed to ensure their success. The problem, as with most schools, is that we do not have the money to provide resources that will fully enrich the academic environment.
My students need 34 nonfiction texts, including Zeitoun, Nickel and Dimed, The Woman Warrior, and An American Childhood. These books will allow my students to see the realities of others. In doing so, they will become more invested in reading and understanding the nuances of literature because they illuminate the world around them. They will gain a deeper understanding of the human condition all while preparing for the rigors of college-level reading.
With your help, these novels will enrich my students' educations and will give them the opportunity to interact with different types of texts.
As journalist Edward P. Morgan once mused, "a book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face."
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