April 16, 2015
By Andrew Warner, Rolla High School (Rolla, MO)
For struggling readers, the simple act of finishing a book can be a challenge. In addition to obstacles that reading ability may present, some students are so discouraged by past classroom experiences that the sight of a high school textbook instantly turns them off. Additionally, the emphasis that Common Core places on complex and nonfiction reading leaves many students, and even some teachers, feeling that nothing they read in class can be interesting or relevant.
To help these students, my department created a class focused on graphic novels. We wanted to provide students with accessible—and relatable—nonfiction that would align with CCSS standards. After reading Max Brooks’s The Harlem Hellfighters last year, I decided to include it in our class. I was intrigued to learn about a part of history that was previously unfamiliar to me, and I admired the author’s honest depiction of war and its portrayal in the media. It seemed like the perfect complement to a more traditional graphic novel like Art Spiegelman’s Maus. (more…)
March 4, 2015
On Tuesday, April 7th Broadway Books and The Freedom Writers Foundation are hosting a free screening of the forthcoming Freedom Writers Foundation documentary “Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War” for educators. The event will include a book signing and comments by guest speaker Erin Gruwell, teacher and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. To RSVP, click here.
Space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that children and students will not be admitted.
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 7th at 2:00 PM
Location: Penguin Random House Building | 1745 Broadway | (Between 55th & 56th Streets) | 2nd Floor Café Auditorium
To read more about Erin Gruwell’s The Freedom Writers Diary, click here.
February 26, 2015
Posted by rhacademic under This Just In
| Tags: Comic
, graphic novel
, high school
, Max Brooks
, Middle School
, military history
, The Harlem Hellfighters
, World War II
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By Lakeya Omogun, New Design Middle School (Harlem, New York)
Whose perspective is told? Whose perspective is missing? Whose voice is heard? Whose voice is missing? What might this person say if they had a voice? These were some of the questions my students explored while performing critical readings of various historical texts.
After learning about World War I, my students were also challenged to consider the missing perspectives and voices in the stories of this historical event. What better way to learn about them than from an author? On Friday, December 12th, 2014, Max Brooks visited my seventh-grade classroom in Harlem, New York, at New Design Middle School to tell my students about one missing perspective in the stories of World War I, The Harlem Hellfighters. (more…)