Would somebody have a good idea on how to frontload the book and some possible activities for it?Hi, I am a middle school English/Language Arts teacher at an independent school.  I have motivated,...

Would somebody have a good idea on how to frontload the book and some possible activities for it?

Hi,

I am a middle school English/Language Arts teacher at an independent school.  I have motivated, engaged kids and a killer workload with several preps.

I have never read the book Of Beetles and Angels before.  Would somebody have a good idea on how to frontload the book and some possible activities for it?

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accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As #2 indicates, this is a text with immense potential to present and debate a series of issues with your students that are of perennial importance to humanity such as welfare and refugees. You could extend the study of the novel by asking students to research into refugees and the reality that they face living for vast periods of time in makeshift camps and the kind of dangers that they are exposed to. A study of photographs of refugees will also help them to reflect on their own position compared to them, which could lead to a reflective journal on the themes and events they read about.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although I have not read the book, I did do a quick search on it. I would suggest front-loading by developing vocabulary relevant to the text, giving them background knowledge on refugee camps, and showing the images from the text prior to reading it (in order to build curiosity about the novel itself).

Depending upon what your school's SES is, you may wish to discuss welfare, its benefits, and the stereotypes associated with it.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I feel your pain. Why not have your kids research Harvard? They probably all want to go there, so you can also give them some good information. I'd also have them write about their own hopes and dreams, and obstacles they have had to overcome or will have to overcome in their own lives.
anncarolee | Student

Although I have not read the book, I did do a quick search on it. I would suggest front-loading by developing vocabulary relevant to the text, giving them background knowledge on refugee camps, and showing the images from the text prior to reading it (in order to build curiosity about the novel itself).

Depending upon what your school's SES is, you may wish to discuss welfare, its benefits, and the stereotypes associated with it.

 

THANK YOU!

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