My juniors don't know it, but they desperately need to read this book! They're sweet and and eager to be successful, but tend to be ambivalent about what to do after high school. This incredible work of non-fiction illuminates two possible paths: one that seems easy, but leads to despair, and another filled with challenges, but ultimately worth the struggle. Their limited worldviews would be greatly expanded by reading this intelligent, dramatic and poignant award-winning novel and completing a multi-genre project on it.
Bright, energetic, and in need of guidance and inspiration to make good choices.
They aren't afraid to ask questions and, even better, they're not afraid to be wrong. I want to maintain their excitement for literature and stimulate their creativity and, unfortunately, Common Core calls for primarily non-fiction texts that can seem dry and dense, like an old fruitcake. I don't eschew required texts in favor of fiction, but I make an extra effort to include titles that titillate and stories that feed the fires of their imaginations. I need the newest titles and those that have stood the test of time in order to keep my hungry readers engaged.
My students will read, annotate, illustrate, interact with, perform, discuss, and analyze the book while reading. Additionally, the students will complete a multi-genre group project and presentation. The project is engaging, fun and designed to challenge and stretch students to the edge of their abilities. They will conduct research by evaluating and integrating multiple sources and use a variety of digital platforms to present their findings.
Your donations will enable my students to expand their limited perspectives and decrease their uncertainty of the future.
Each student in my 11th grade class will be able to read his or her own book. Not only this year, but for years to come, my students will laugh, cry, and learn because of your generosity. The lessons from The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore will support my efforts to cultivate an ethos of ambition, dignity, hope, civil service and kindness in my classroom.
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