Students read a series of short non-fiction texts on low self-esteem, bullying, racism, teenage pregnancy, and violence (updated each year for relevancy). Students then use text evidence from both their novel and non-fiction texts to analyze which issue closely relates to selected characters. Students jot down their findings in a graphic organizer. Once this step is completed students respond to differentiated writing prompts.
Writing Prompt #1: Which character relates to you the most? Think about some of the struggles these students have dealt with (low self- esteem, bullying, racism, distant parents/teenage pregnancy, and violence). In what way is their experience similar to yours? In what way is it different? Use at least two pieces of text evidence to support your reasoning.
Writing Prompt #2: Imagine you are a NYC politician. You received a $ 20,000 grant to help improve the cities Bronx neighborhood. Reflect on some of the issues these students from the Bronx have been dealing with: (low self-esteem, bullying, racism, distant parents/ teenage pregnancy, and violence). Develop an argument: If you had to choose, which issue needs the most attention, and why? In addition to this create a poster, power point, or speech describing how you plan to spend your $20,000 attempting to alleviate or help the issue. Be sure to use evidence from our novel and Rubric attached