Just Mercy – Grades 7 – 10 – Winter 2022- 10 Weeks
Tuesday, January 11 2022 @ 3:00PM - Tuesday, March 15 2022 @ 4:30PM EST| $250.00
- Day of Week
- Class Times
- 3:00PM - 4:30PM (ET)
- Eva Goldstein-Meola
- Instructor Email:
- 7 - 10
Unfairness in our Justice System is a major topic in the country today.
In this adapted young adult edition of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, readers will be moved by Bryan Stevenson ‘s dedication as he works to free scores of people from wrongful imprisonment, fighting for the poor, the voiceless and the vulnerable.
This powerful testament to how one person’s effort can make a difference focuses on the redeeming potential of mercy. The harsh realities that Stevenson confronts might elicit feelings of sadness and anger, but readers will feel hopeful, knowing that change is happening – and that is continues through Equal Justice Imitative (EJI), an organization founded by Stevenson committed to ending racial and economic injustice.
In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ responses to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author’s craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response. This specific course is geared toward higher level thinking. Each literature circle role is directly connected to the 11 elements of critical thinking: big ideas, rules, trends, patterns, language of the discipline, ethics, relationships over time, details, unanswered questions, across disciplines and multiple perspectives.
The class will be a combination of reading comprehension, discussion, lecture and projects.
Please make sure you purchase the YOUNG READER’S VERSION of Just Mercy. See Syllabus for details.
BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE TOPIC, STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO READ AHEAD OF THE CLASS.
Students should expect approximately two hours of homework weekly.
Have your child join us in this powerful class.
9th and 10th grade Students may take .5 high school credit for English, Social Science/Psychology or Elective.
Registration deadline is December 15, 2021.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.