“Where is this? Is this just a made up place? I mean it sounds like people are getting shot all the time. Are there really places like that?
“I think it’s Chicago.”
“Guys, we live in a bubble in Arlington. There are places like this.”
I tell the author that this was the conversation in my room as I read aloud his book.
“What do I tell them? I’m just a white teacher living and working in North Arlington, a mostly upper mid-class white school.”
“Tell them this book is based on a shooting that happened in Suitland, MD, just miles away from your school. And keep reading and talking!”
Then he signed my Reading Notebook page that I made after reading his book.
Thank you, TCRWP for bringing Jason Reynolds to speak and sign books on Saturday.
So glad I got to have a conversation with him. So glad I get to read aloud his books with my students. Reading and discussing to understand all the places where…