My students need their own copy of Of Mice and Men to be able to take their book home and engage deeper with the novel, rather than taking up class time to get the reading done.
There is a diverse group of students in our freshman English class. 10 percent of the class experience hardships at home and fall behind because they are constantly out sick or absent due to lack of transportation. 60 percent of the class is hardworking and enjoy learning and tracking their progress. 30 percent of the class is not at grade level and need scaffolding strategies for every lesson and assignment. There are three new comer students that speak and read in Spanish only.
As we begin our journey into novels that include the topic of Intellectual disability, Racism, Sexism and the American Dream, there has been a change in atmosphere.
Students are more engaged and interested in literature. They are asking questions, volunteering to speak in front of their peers, and show that they are upset when we have to stop reading to pack up and go home. As freshmen it is such a great sight to see when they are collaborating and helping one another be successful.
As we make the commitment to read a novel rather than a short story, not all students read at the same pace, nor do they understand the same messages an author has embedded in their work of art. With that said, I have seen it time and time again, where students ask to take their assigned book home, but due to lack of copies they get a "No, I'm sorry, my next class needs their copy".
Being awarded with these novels ( Of Mice and Men), I will have enough for students to take their novel home and complete the reading, so that they are ready for class discussion and more rigorous experiences.
If students can take their novel home, we will save a minimum of 8 classroom days, almost two weeks of class time added to our schedule! This will allow more time for us to engage in activities that will prepare our students for the future by performing real life scenarios relatable to the topics of racism, sexism, and intellectual disability which are present in the novel. Furthermore, the time saved can be used to add a new novel into our curriculum which will promote even more comparisons between two different pieces of work.
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