October 12, 2005
I recommend Monster by Walter Dean Myers as a reading choice. Every class I have read it with have always loved it. Just by hooking the kids with an interesting warm-up, half of the work is done for you. With Monster I used the following journal topic: 'Have you ever been accused of something that you didn't do? Have you ever accused someone of something that they didn't do? Do you know someone who may have had a similar situation?' There is another book called Like Sisters on the Homefront by Rita Williams-Garcia. This book deals with several high-interest topics like teen pregnancy, reluctance towards school, and parent/child conflicts. While its topics are a little more controversial, you can opt for excerpts. The point is that you won't have to ask your students to read twice.