I teach 10th and 12th grade students in an impoverished area in one of the cloudiest cities in the country. Positivity and perseverance are important criteria for success in our classroom and beyond; my students rise to the occasion.
My students are eager learners who are always seeking connections between what we read in class and the outside world.
Regardless of background or initial interest in reading, my students are often stunned that they could possibly share anything in common with characters from classic novels like, Bradbury's, Fahrenheit 451, or Steinbeck's, Of Mice and Men. And yet, they have learned to sympathize, and more importantly, empathize with these famed protagonists.
I watched as my students reevaluated their addiction to technology while reading Bradbury, excitedly announcing that they turned their phones off for an hour, or dared to go for a walk rather than watching T.V. after school. From that moment forward, if a phone was present in class, it was deemed that student was “pulling a Millie.” I watched as these same 16-year-olds sobbed, indignant that there must have been another fate for poor Lennie Smalls.
I love watching my students grow and change under the influence of literature.
While canonical works are certainly effective in my classroom, they often reflect adult issues that are sometimes difficult for my students to relate to directly.
I’d like to enhance my students’ reading experience by taking them to see the movie, Ready Player One.
I decided to teach the book, Ready Player One this year to help remedy this issue. I’ve discovered that not only are students able to personally connect with the protagonist, Wade, but they’re also fully engaged and enthusiastic about reading the novel. This is a huge feat for 10th graders who are usually more concerned about getting their driver’s licenses.
I'm hoping that by including young adult novels in my curriculum, like Ready Player One, my students will experience a newfound appreciation for literature, setting them on a path to become lifelong readers. I’ve seen a new light in the faces of my students who normally race home after school to play video games. These students, most of whom have never enjoyed reading before, are participating in class and forming connections about the Oasis, Wade’s world of 2045, and our own. I want them to feel fully immersed as they log into the Oasis on the big screen.
When we return from the theatre, we will discuss director's purpose vs. author's purpose by completing a comparative analysis writing assessment.
Thank you for taking the time to review my project and helping me provide such a wonderful opportunity for my students.
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