My students attend an urban, public school in Milwaukee, WI and have chosen to take an Advanced Placement course to help better prepare them for college-level classes.
My students are intelligent, energetic, and passionate about their education.
They strive to push their learning to new levels in a quest to make connections between themselves and the world. By expanding their knowledge, they hope to impact their school and communities in positive ways. Having access to high-level texts will help them develop their critical thinking skills and lead them into conversations about the human condition.
In American Literature, we read a variety of literature that explores aspects of the American Dream. The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a modern book that inspires conversations about love and hate, identity, and encourages my students to contemplate their roles in the world. Through independent reading, class activities, and class discussions, we read about the heroic survival of one woman and her identity, and we connect their journey along the road to the journeys of our own lives. Students wrap up their reading with explorations of self identity and brainstorm ways about what their identity means with the American Dream.
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