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This is a close reading guide to the book On The Come Up by Angie Thomas.
High school junior, Bri Jackson wants so badly to be a successful rapper like her late father, Lawless, one of the greatest underground rappers of all time. Scratch that. Bri wants to be a successful rapper like…Bri Jackson. She wants to be her own brand of success. It can be difficult to focus on a career in hip hop when you are labeled a “hoodlum” at school, there may not be food on the table at home, and your aunt is in danger of being caught for selling drugs. Bri has to figure out how to find success in the industry she loves while also remaining true to herself.
This is a MUST READ in the middle and high school classroom. While there are many books about overcoming poverty for success available to our students, On The Come Up will give your students a different view of important themes such as racism, poverty, drug abuse, and abuse of power that will truly drive home the issues presented in this novel that are affecting our country every day. This book is a springboard that presents so many wonderful opportunities for reading, writing, and conversation moments within your classroom.
As close reading is such an important part of the Common Core, students need to be taught to be analytic as they read texts. This unit includes writing/discussion questions for each chapter (answer key included). The classroom discussion questions deeply examine the themes of the novel as well as inferences that can be made as students read. I have used this unit with gifted grade 7 all the way through grade 11. I have used this unit in special education as well as regular education classrooms, and it has been successful across the board. It includes everything you need! There are class discussion questions for each chapter. I have used the questions for homework, classwork, or just as a springboard for Socratic discussions and literature circles. Please follow me so you can see when I post vocabulary, story grammar, and other units that will complement this one. They're coming! Please feel free to ask questions before your purchase. AND...don't forget to leave feedback. It's like free TPT money!