When I made the choice to start reading this novel with my 6th grade class, I did knowing that I might get some push back from parents due to its language. This book, which has been a favorite of each of my classes, doe include occasional curse words.
What I decided to do, however, was to embrace the word choice instead of ignore it. With this analytical assignment, students read through different authentic reviews from teachers and adults giving pros and cons of Curtis's word choice. Then, I include a graphic organizer to guide students to their own conclusion about the language. Finally, there is a place for them to write their own reviews, and a rubric provided to assess their argumentative writing skills.
This is a great extension activity for higher-level students, as it forces them to look at author's purpose in an analytical way.
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