I teach a class of students that have struggled to pass the standardized state English test for a multitude of reasons including socio-economic status, lack of access to books, learning English as a new language, or simply a lack of motivation. Some of these students have taken the test multiple times before landing in my class, and by the time they get to me, there is an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. These students feel lost, forgotten and looked down on.
To add insult to injury, in the past, this class has been used to drill in test-taking strategies that essentially have no effect because the basic language skills are missing.
My teammates lovingly call this "drill and kill" and that's exactly how the kids feel. My hope is that, with this project, I can empower and encourage my students so that they feel seen, heard, powerful and smart!
This novel, "One of Us is Lying", is a new thrilling young adult suspense novel that combines the comradery of "The Breakfast Club" with the mystery of "Pretty Little Liars."
By adding interest, diversity, and intrigue to the curriculum I hope to help my students feel empowered as they discover that they have the ability to learn and apply important reading skills so that they can pass the state test and graduate from high school!
There are so many great activities we will be able to do with this book that will help my students build important skills like, determining author's purpose, finding, identifying and explaining text evidence, increasing grammar skills and reading fluency, and doing cross-over activities to find similarities between this story and other stories or films.
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