My students need two classroom sets of The Hate U Give (30 total)
I am lucky enough to have TWO incredibly intelligent, active, and enthusiastic mild/moderate freshman English classes this year, in addition to my amazing 9th grade English classes that I co-teach! The 2018-19 freshman classes have turned out to be high-skilled and ready to learn this year... making them incredibly fun and exciting to both teach and modify for. These classes are comprised of students on the spectrum, with specific learning disabilities including auditory and visual processing challenges, students with ADHD, and those with cognitive delays.
My two Mild/Moderate English freshman classes crack me up; they are goofy, intelligent, and ready to learn and participate.
Seriously, they participate more than my co-taught general education English classes! It's been such a great learning experience discussing my own challenges of being a teacher with ADHD, and relating to each other and building an environment full of trust and understanding. We are channeling our high energy into engaging curriculum and activities to tap into their kinesthetic learning style and to get the most out of each day!
Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Salinger, Orwell, and Golding. Classic authors that we have all read, and that we English teachers love to teach. We discuss about universal themes, metaphors and similes, and foreshadowing. Those men, and those books, have taught us a lot.
But it's 2018 in the Bay Area, and my kids are not relating easily to Macbeth's plight for kingship because some spooky witches foretold it-- they are too focused on news stories of young black men getting shot in their own homes and back yards, getting the cops called on them at the park or the library, or beaten in their cells.
The Hate U Give is a novel that addresses the themes and realities of their every day lives. My kids see themselves in the main character Starr, dealing with witnessing the murder of her friend, and trying to decide how much of herself to really show to her friends. They see themselves in her white boyfriend Chris, who gets that he doesn't get it-- but loves her anyway. They see themselves in her friends who struggle with racism, both giving and getting it.
We won't be getting rid of the classics-- but adding a relevant young adult novel to our repertoire that is both easy to read and incredibly complex, just like the Black Lives Matter movement itself, is-- I feel-- one of the most important things I can do for my kids.
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|The Hate U Give • AKJ Education||$11.38||30||$341.40|
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