Reflection: ELL Students Reading the Source Material - Section 2: Getting Down to Business

 

I love teaching in a Title I school.  Generally speaking, my students are motivated to work hard and have successful lives.  They understand how education can improve your life. 

I love how the canon has shifted in my lifetime from all of the Dead White Guys to a more diverse set of authors for our students to read and experience, and I take full advantage of that with my students.

"The Scholarship Jacket" is an especially touching story for my students to experience.  It's a way for me to say, through literature, that I get it.  Some people are total jerks because of your skin color, your last name, or your accent.  This story is so powerful for kids to read because they all know that teacher who gave accolades to a Yellow-Hair unfairly and the teacher who reached out to help them.

Also, it's good for the Yellow-Hairs to understand that unfairness does exist, even if they have never actually experienced it themselves.  Hopefully, it help them keep their eyes open to the issues that impact others.

Whatever cultures are predominant in your school, I highly recommend finding literature that highlights the truths of the world.  Dead White Guys are great, but they are not the be-all, end-all!

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Reading the Source Material

Unit 16: Genre Swap
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT analyze how the elements of a story interact by reading a short story.

Big Idea: Reading the story we will adapt for the screen.

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