Babbling of an ordinary person about texts I am reading so I can actually remember WHAT I've read.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
One Crazy Summer
Last week I finished reading Rita Williams-Garcia's One Crazy Summer. I was hoping this was a book for seventh graders to fill a current gap in our reading curriculum. Currently, we have no books that cover racial tensions (Holocaust literature exception). Topic wise--I think this book fills that need. I do, however, think the reading level is a little too easy for the second half of the seventh grade year. I've got another idea for a book (and would welcome suggestions) that I need to read. I need to do this soon since I am sure request for books will be coming around the school soon.
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. First--there is more to the novel that finger-pointing, in-your-face racism. It shows another, positive side of the Black Panther movement. It alludes to how media presents only one side (might be a good transition into media literacy part of curriculum). It discusses other themes such as what constitutes family, abandonment, sibling relations, friendships, need for independence.