Everyone involved in education these days knows that students are very quickly losing the love of reading. If it isn't broadcast in 140 characters or less, signed with a hashtag, or attached to a funny picture, it does not register.
My students are still in the crucial stage of curiosity about the world and all things in it; I want them to journey through others' experiences before they are lost in the vast blackness of social media.
I intend to read a number of classics and discuss literature, words, and ideas with them in a manner that is slowly being lost to us. These students have individual dreams and unique outlooks on the world, and I hope to flavor those experiences with a broad base context full of richness and variety so that they can take a depth of thought, understanding, and outlook with them.
Students will read the famous nonfiction account, Friday Night Lights, about a high school in Texas that has formulated an identity around their successful football team. Student will get to experience the author's take on small-town struggles in middle America that reflect issues they still see in the world around them.
The novel confronts sexism, racism, class struggles, education, and sports in a small town setting, relevant to these small town students.
My students will read about how a community, despite massive struggles and significant social differences, can find a way to unify around their football team on every Friday night in the fall.
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