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My students need copies of The Hate You Give. This is a great story that students will be able to relate to since their own lives which are challenged daily by racial tensions and changing neighborhood landscapes.
The students I teach are an amazing and diverse group of learners. Although they have specific learning and behavioral needs, they are eager to learn at their grade level and enjoy reading stories that relate to real life experiences or can be related to their own lives.
My students come from low income families, most rwithout male role models, and they depend on strong male friendships for guidance.
My students also live in an area that is gentrifying, and they are starting to feel the place they call home is not so much home.
I went to see a movie over the summer and a preview haunted me. It was about the film The Hate You Give, a story of a young teenage girl torn between two worlds, her low income neighborhood and her fancy rich school. When a friend is killed by the police, she will really have to come to grips with how both of these worlds influence her life now and forever.
Why did it haunt me?
It has no connection to my own life. For my students, however, it is like seeing their young lives projected on the big screen. They are growing up in the city of Chicago where neighborhoods that were once identified by race are now being gentrified. The students are unsure of whom to trust, their neighbors don't look like them anymore, and the police who were once not present are now ever present. Students play football at the park with the "new" kids in the neighborhood but their parents don't trust what they do not know.
We need copies of The Hate You Give. This story is one of the most identifiable texts my students can read. They will be able to see themselves in this story. I typically read to or have them listen to the story on tape; however, it would be amazing for them to have a copy to take to and from school, to read at home and share with the adults in their life.
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|The Hate U Give Collector's Edition • Amazon Business||$14.11||20||$282.20|
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