Parent Guide: Dreams

This week in class, we’re reading “Dreams” by Langston Hughes.

In the poem “Dreams,” Langston Hughes uses metaphors to describe what life would be like without dreams.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Beauty & Happiness as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How can we achieve happiness?”

Ways to support your child:

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Parent Guide: Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push

This week in class, we’re reading “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push” by Walter Dean Myers.

In Walter Dean Myers’ short story “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push,” a boy must change his approach to basketball when he loses the ability to walk.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Friendship & Family and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How does a person overcome adversity?” and “What makes a family?”

Ways to support your child:

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Parent Guide: The Scottsboro Boys

This week in class, we’re reading “The Scottsboro Boys” by Jessica McBirney.

In “The Scottsboro Boys,” Jessica McBirney discusses the historic event in which nine black boys were wrongfully accused and convicted of assault.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Justice, Freedom & EqualityPrejudice & Discrimination, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is fair?”, “What are the effects of prejudice?”, and “How do people create change?”

Ways to support your child:

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Parent Guide: Self-Care

This week in class, we’re reading “Self-Care” by Set to Go.

The informational text, “Self-Care” describes some self-care strategies and their benefits on physical and mental health.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Growing Up as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What does it mean to be grown up?”

Ways to support your child:

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Parent Guide: The Three Questions

This week in class, we’re reading “The Three Questions” by Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a famous Russian author, perhaps best known for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. In this short story, a king looks for three answers to three questions in order to make himself a better ruler.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Resilience & Success and War & Peace as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Why do people succeed?” and “How can we achieve peace?”

Ways to support your child:

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Parent Guide: He-y, Come on Ou-t!

This week in class, we’re reading “He-y, Come on Ou-t!” by Shinichi Hoshi (translated by Stanleigh Jones).

“He-y, Come on Ou-t!” is an allegory about the consequences of environmental destruction, in which a town discovers a mysterious hole that seems to be the perfect solution to their trash problems.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Man vs. Nature and Technology, Progress & Industry as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How do we view nature?”, “Who’s in control: man or nature?”, and “What should the future look like?”

Ways to support your child:

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Parent Guide: Identity

This week in class, we’re reading “Identity” by Julio Noboa.

In Julio Noboa’s poem “Identity,” a speaker explains why they would choose to be a weed over a flower.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Beauty & Happiness, Identity, and Social Pressure as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Why do people follow the crowd?”, “What makes you who you are?”, and “How can we achieve happiness?”

Ways to support your child:

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Parent Guide: The Scarlet Ribbon

This week in class, we’re reading “The Scarlet Ribbon” by Emily Hoffman.

The Scarlet Ribbon” explores how difficult it is to keep people away from what brings them joy.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Beauty & HappinessFate & Free Will, and Love as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Can we control our fate?”, “How are we changed by love?”, and “How can we achieve happiness?”

Ways to support your child:

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Parent Guide: Herd Behavior

This week in class, we’re reading “Herd Behavior” by CommonLit Staff.

“Herd Behavior” describes how individuals change when they are part of a crowd.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Social Pressure as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“Why do people follow the crowd?”

Ways to support your child:

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Parent Guide: The Rose that Grew from Concrete

This week in class, we’re reading “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” by Tupac Shakur.

In Tupac Shakur’s “The Rose That Grew from Concrete,” the speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free Will and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How does a person overcome adversity?” and “Can we control our fate?”

Ways to support your child:

Print Friendly, PDF & Email