I teach four 10th grade and two 11th grade English classes who are rediscovering their love of reading one story at a time. These are a great group of students who have had to overcome so much in their first years as high school students as our high school was destroyed by the June 2016 flood. This has not deterred them in the classroom. Instead, they have come to school, ready, willing, and able to learn what I throw at them...no matter what the assignment may be.
My students have a passion for learning and thinking outside of the box which makes my job of teaching them even more special.
I am wanting to teach the book “A Long Walk To Water” to one of my 10th grade classes this year.
After reading the book over the summer, I felt compelled to add it to my 10th grade co-taught class because of its powerful message of overcoming obstacles that are seemingly out of their control.
Many of my students come from lower-income families and struggle sometimes to see that there is hope. This story shows them that hope does exist.
My co-taught students sometimes struggle with reading, so I also want to give them a text that helps them better understand not only literary terms, but also how to identify the reasoning behind why a book was written in the first place.
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