The Hate U Give

Ever since I finished The Hate U Give, I’ve been meaning to write a post about it. This is an important novel recommended for 8th graders through adults. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, is a complex, relevant novel about 16-year-old Starr Carter who is living in two worlds…her home neighborhood of Garden Heights (mostly Black) and her school neighborhood at Williamson Prep (mostly White). Mimicking contemporary society, Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of unarmed Khalil, her childhood friend, by a white police officer. The media explodes however both the police and journalists lack the information necessary to give an honest portrayal of Khalil. Starr needs to decide if and how she will stand up against the systemic racism present in her life. Grounded in family, friendship, reality, humor, and enjoyable nods to Harry Potter, Angie Thomas gives readers an intimate look into an all-too-familiar reality for far-too-many Americans. Read the book and check out a few interviews with the author: NPR Interview School Library Journal Interview HarperStacks Interview The Booklist Reader After reading, I used TeachingBooks to see the Lexile level and what other resources were available to connect to the text. It may or may not surprise you to learn […]

Quality Resource: Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences

Most people are familiar with the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences (AMPAS) for the Oscars; however, as a nonprofit they provide much, much more! Teacher’s Guide Series Their teacher’s guide series provides entire guides for middle and high school teachers to download and print about: animation – creating movement frame by frame art direction – the visual language of film costume design (en espanol) – defining character costumes and makeup – character by design documentaries – searching for the truth film editing – manipulating time and space screenwriting – the language of film sound and music – the power to enhance the story visual effects – seeing is believing These guides facilitate exploration of the art and science of motion pictures within the classroom. They are designed to tap students’ interest in film and the excitement of the Academy Awards to teach critical thinking, creative writing, and visual literacy. Events There are also many events hosted by AMPAS. Check their calendar to find out what’s coming next! Academy Originals Finally, one of my favorite things to check out are the Academy Originals. They are videos and photos focused on many different aspects of motion pictures. Two of my recent favorites are embedded below. The […]