Welcome to our last module. This module is slightly different from the others because literature will be more than ever intertwined with history and current issues. This is a module I particularly cherish and I hope you will find it as interesting and relevant to you as I do.
The CLIL history part of the module focuses on the American Civil Rights Movement of the '50s and '60s, a time when racial hate and discrimination threatened to tear the USA apart. Thanks to the enlightened vision of Martin Luther King, the movement managed to obtain important results and prove that non-violence and tolerance will always triumph over violence and ignorance.
King's legacy is still important today as the literary studies part of the module will show. The novel I've picked for you is "The Hate U Give" written by Angie Thomas and published just three years ago. It's a compelling read and I'm sure it will grab your attention from the first page. It's the story of a high school black girl who has to fight against prejudice and her own difficulties in accepting who she is, in order to find her voice and speak up. It's not exactly classic literature and you won't find difficult themes and symbols to unravel. It's rather straightforward but it will show you how American society, and our own if you come to think about it, is by no means past the struggles Martin Luther King had to face in his own day.
The final part of the module will deal with current issues related to racial discrimination, integration, prejudice and how to give voice to issues you care about.
I hope you'll enjoy this last scrap of the school year.
Growing up isn't easy. Sandra Cisneros's novel, a modern coming-of-age classic, confronts the realities of young adulthood head-on. Esperanza, the story's Mexican-American protagonist, has just moved into a new home with her family. It's the family's first house, but its cramped, run-down environment represents everything Esperanza wants to escape. Only then can she become her true, independent self. But who is the real Esperanza? She's a girl and a woman; a Chicana and an American; an individual and a community member. These contradictions are explored in lyrical vignettes--snapshots of life--as Esperanza navigates the emotionally complex transition from childhood to adulthood.
This novel simply doesn't make any sense.
This book was boring and useless.
If you've ever felt this way about a work of literature, maybe the time has come for you to learn a few tricks readers employ when they are grappling with a difficult book. Or just any book.
Books, like onions, can make us cry... no I didn't mean that analogy (even though it's sometimes true) I meant that books, like onions, have layers and the more layers you find, the more enjoyable a book becomes. The more layers a book has, the longer it stays with us after we've finished reading it. The more layers you discover, the deeper your understanding of the world will be. Because books are not just like onions, they are also like windows on the world...
So let's learn how to open those windows and how to peel those onions, possibily without any tears....