I started my journey to add young adult literature to my classroom when I finally ran out of patience for our outdated African American unit. The updates went so well, I’ve begun branching out into my other classes and units. I have found that young adult literature is especially great for engaging my at-risk students. Better yet though, it’s engaging for me. When I’m teaching more contemporary novels, I’m more thoughtful and engaged in my teaching.
This is great for your real readers--the ones who love big books, love series, and like to “live” in the worlds that they read about. Anyone who is a fan of Harry Potter or Tolkien will love this book!
I know I am not alone in the engagement challenge. In a world where my students can stream fist fights or stand-up comedians, how do we get them to care about what's going on in our little classrooms?
In a creative writing class, however, where rules are meant to be broken, creativity is unrestrained, and student skill levels vary wildly, providing that scaffolding can be a challenge. How, then, do you guide students and provide support without limiting their creativity?
We get so caught up in a curriculum, paperwork, standards, and observations that we often lose the magic of literature; The Hate U Give brought it back to my class.
I think this book would be a great addition to your classroom library if you have some teen girls struggling with their own self-esteem, self-worth, or who just love historical fiction. I’m a sucker for any story with corsets and ballrooms and read the whole thing in less than a week!
I spent soooo long prepping materials for my The Hate U Give unit, that I almost don't know what to do with myself now that I'm actually teaching it! The first week of the unit, I was anxious every class period: what are my students thinking?…