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Our Very Own Books...
My students need a class set of "The Other Wes Moore" to read for Senior English class
Do you remember what it was like to own your very own book... being able to annotate in it, being able to take it home and read on your own time and read with your family? My students have never owned a book of their own. Very often, they can't take books home and are limited to reading during class.
My students are mostly boys at risk for dropping out and going to jail.
They want to be successful but the influence and the negative stereotypes of where they come from drags them down. The school they attend is a Title 1 school. Many of my students are from broken homes and many have at least one parent that is incarcerated.
I'm requesting a class set of the book "The Other Wes Moore", a story which is very similar to my students' lives. The characters in the story come from broken homes and broken communities, yet some go on to college and jobs, while others chose the wrong path.
Why is it that there are two paths and why do so many of our kids choose the wrong path? This book will capture their attention because they share similar stories. It will make them think about the choices they make and hopefully help them choose the path that leads to a respectable future and not the path that leads to jail.
This project is important because it will save lives..
literally and figuratively. My students will get to own their very own books and that alone makes them valued because they have never owned books before. Reading about the lives of two young men will help them come to understand the power of choices and see that our environment does not have to lead to destruction.
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