My students need need 15 copies of Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories!
I teach in an urban low-income community where almost 75% of the students receive free or reduced lunch meaning they live at or below the poverty level. Book funds have been frozen, yet my class size has increased and more time has been added to the AP school year.
My students are very multicultural and come from all corners of the world - Morocco, Colombia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bosnia, Albania, Senegal, Haiti.
Over 46 languages are spoken. Literature can bring these students together because it's themes are timeless. When students read "Goodbye, Columbus", they can sympathize with the characters trying to make their way in the Jewish diaspora in America, and they can recognize the challenges of socioeconomic class.
My students need 15 copies of Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories! Funds for buying books are frozen, yet AP students need to read college level literature in order to pass the AP test and receive college credit. Goodbye, Columbus is the 1960 National Book Award winner. By reading this book, students will become familiar with the world of American Jews in the 1950s. They will also be able to experience author, Philip Roth's wit and insight into the problems accompanying assimilation of this group. There is much for discussion and analysis. This is a highly readable book that I know my students will enjoy. The book addresses issues of class, religion, and relationships - between child and parent and boy and girl.
Goodbye, Columbus is a wonderful book that will help my students gain the skills necessary to be successful on the AP test and then receive college credit.
The book is sure to ignite lively discussion, and I expect student writing about the book to be quite interesting. As I said, there is a great deal to analyze from the style and tone of the writing to the subject matter that the book addresses.Read More
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