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Thirteen Reasons Why Unit

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Great Books Foundation
Author: lagriffin

The student will become actively involved in class discussions after reading. The student will share reflective written responses to certain parts of the book. The student w...
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In the current state of bullying and violence in our schools, this is a must-read book. Therefore, I created an introductory IMovie which showcased the multitude of media exposure that freshmen encounter and have to deal with on a daily basis. This included cyberbullying, sexting, violent movies, etc. The video also included a soundtrack and clips which immediately hooked the freshmen into wanting to read this very crucial and relevant book. This book was such a huge success that the whole school was reading it in response to the discussion it was generating. I could not keep my copies on the shelf! Community members were also borrowing the book to see what all the buzz was.

Objective

The student will become actively involved in class discussions after reading. The student will share reflective written responses to certain parts of the book. The student will identify with the characters and write a response connecting the identification. The student will analyze the poem in the book and then write one of their own. The student will identify and analyze literary elements in the book. The student will do the paper bag compliment activity in the book and discuss how it effected him. The student will write a cricial lens essay as a response to the final discussion of the book.

Materials

IMovie--teacher created Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Jay Asher's website to connect the kids to others who have read it--www.thirteenreasonswhy.com classroom discussion starters and literary elements analysis sheets

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This was the best thing that I taught this year. The guidance counselor wants me to teach it every year since it generated powerful discussions and awareness of how words and actions can have intense ripple effects.
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