My students have been reading our class novel The Color Purple from their homes, and we were fortunate enough to be able to pass them out before distance learning occurred. However, I am very much aware that many students do not have other novels in their homes, and without access to the libraries at school and in their communities, some students are really in need of support in this area. My classroom has become a virtual space where we communicate via Microsoft Teams, and I record videos with PPT's and my face to talk them through the intricacies of reading passages, AP prompts, and writing revisions.
My students are resilient and dedicated.
They are completing their assignments, asking for help, advocating for their needs, and figuring out ways to adapt to this new normal. We did a Synchronous Timed Writing this week, which involved everyone being online at the same time in order to practice me releasing a prompt so that they could write in conditions similar to the AP exam. Despite enormous challenges (wifi, distractions, jobs, family commitments, and more), over 95% of my students completed the assignment fully!
These copies of Angie Thomas's modern masterpiece The Hate U Give will go directly to my new students, the rising juniors taking AP English Literature at my high school. The book itself is a powerful, compelling look at a community, a family, and the protagonist Starr as she comes to terms with police brutality, violence, inequality, and the justice system through a tragic encounter and aftermath. Angie Thomas's voice is absolutely vital, and this novel serves as the basis for our year together: a study of agency, facades, and the powerful forces in the world that impact the choices that characters make.
With your help, students will be able to read The Hate U Give at home over the summer, and the work that they do with it will help them with the college level analysis and thinking that they need to do to be successful in AP English Literature.
No matter what the school year looks like next year, The Hate U Give will be a part of our classroom culture and conversation, and I want your help in putting that book in my students' hands now. It will make any lessons that we have to do through videos, chats, and message boards significantly easier if we can ensure that all students have their own copy of this outstanding novel. In a time when a significant number of students are experiencing one or two parents out of work, your contribution will mean everything in making sure that students have what they need to be successful.
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