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My students need 30 copies of the novel, "Paper Towns," by John Green, and 30 copies of the novel, "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood," by Marjane Satrapi, to get students invested in reading.
When speaking to the University of Michigan's School of Education, Arne Duncan observed "Today, you might be able to sit at the front of the bus, but if you can't read, you're not free."
This quote brings me to you.
I currently teach ninth grade English at a high school in North Carolina.
About 67% of our students are classified as living in poverty, and 85% are minority students. Many of them have never had the support and expectations to get them reading on grade level.
For these reasons, it is extremely important that my students have access to thought provoking and engaging novels for reluctant readers. I need a library of high-interest novels to get my students excited and willing to read. I am determined my students will leave my classroom with a love of literature and the confidence to continue reading on their own.
I have requested 30 copies of John Green's novel, Paper Towns, and 30 copies of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. Funny, thought provoking,and mysterious, Paper Towns wrestles with the concept of truth and how our perceptions of others can reveal about ourselves. I'd love to kick the year off with this charming and engaging novel.
Persepolis is a powerful memoir about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. This graphic novel paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran, and reminds its readers of the human cost of war and political repression. This text will get my students interested in non-fiction writing, while breaking down many of their misconceptions of the Middle East.
As testing and changes in curriculum squeeze the creativity out of classrooms, I find that it is even more important to give my students the chance to explore and connect through stories.
A good story has the power to foster empathy, create compassion, and build a greater understanding of how we are all connected on a human level. Let's make sure all students get the chance to learn from them.
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