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:

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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:

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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:

 

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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:

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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:

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