Seeing Ourselves in What We Are Reading #ProjectLit #Identity
Help me give my students diverse book choices for lit circles throughout the year as well as for a unit on identity using Trevor Noah's book Born a Crime as the anchor text. Thank you for your support!
I teach awesome students. Some are strong readers, but many are not --mostly because they have trouble relating to the characters and storylines in most of the classic texts our school has to offer. This can make reading more of a chore than a joy sometimes. I want them to love reading.
Diverse books allow students to see themselves represented in literature while promoting empathy and understanding of others.
My students are culturally diverse, but we do not have enough books written by or for people of color. Reading diverse books promotes a deeper understanding of the world by sharing different points of view and new ways of seeing issues. And my students deserve books they can relate to.
In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us, how do we make decisions for ourselves? What shapes our identity? What are the responsibilities of the individual in regard to issues of social justice? These are essential questions.
I am teaching units next year on identity & social justice with my students; and I wish to use Born a Crime, a book about a biracial boy growing up under apartheid who finds his pathway to adulthood, as my anchor text.
The other texts in my cart will add more diversity to the unit giving my students lit circle choices as we further explore these questions.
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