Help me give my students an opportunity to read literature that is also representative of a broader community, with Highsmith's novel, The Price of Salt.
Our school is a public magnet urban school located in the city of Pittsburgh. The school's mission is to bring underprivileged students in who have the desire and drive to learn but may not have the resources or the proper support to achieve their educational goals.
The population of the school is characterized by a majority of African American students who want to become college ready upon reaching their senior year of high school.
In order to meet the individual need of our students in school, our school makes it a priority to keep class sizes low.
Students from my school usually come from lower income families that may consist of a nontraditional family model (one parent, being raised by grandparents or a brother and/or sister). In spite of all the challenges these students face, each year we graduate our seniors who move on to bigger and better paths. Last year we had our first Ivy League acceptance!
While there is an endless bounty of literature from which to choose, I would really like to give my AP Literature students a piece of work that represents a broader community: The Price of Salt.
My students are incredibly diverse, and it's important to me, as their teacher, that they are afforded a chance to see, in the characters and stories they read, representations of themselves.
By adding Patricia Highsmith's novel, I am adding to the curriculum a novel that speaks to an entire community of students who have largely been overlooked in what is taught in the English classroom.
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