My students are inquisitive and eager to read modern works of fiction and non-fiction. A few of my students have opportunities to travel outside our home state, but many of my students are only able to experience other cultures through television, movies, and books.
These copies of "The Alchemist" will invite my students to make a personal connection to how people in other parts of the world live, love, mourn, and celebrate as they follow Santiago on his journey to find his personal treasure.
The student body at our school is racially, culturally, and economically diverse so this book will reach a wide audience. The book I have chosen will be used with my sophomores to further their studies of a modern classic and introduce them to another culture and text.
Students who take Pre-AP courses often request a book that has a positive ending since so may of their assigned books end in tragedy. The main character Santiago, much like Emily Dickinson, reminds the reader to dream because “Hope is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all."
My hope is that leading these students through this literary study, they will develop a drive to continue reading and educating themselves as they seek their own personal treasure.
"The Alchemist" will be used with students who have taken on the advanced courses in English. This book will be used in a multicultural studies project. The students will read the books, write essays analyzing the text, and study the cultures of their assigned novel and reflect on connections that they make to the character's journey.
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