Reading with Relevance is a locally developed, evidence and standards-based English Language Arts Program that guides students and educators through the process of reading culturally relevant, socially and emotionally rich literature. The curriculum breaks high-interest, diverse books into a series of thoughtful lesson plans that culminate in a final writing product. Each lesson and unit is designed to support educators to explore the social and emotional themes of the day’s reading — inspiring students to read deeply, think critically, talk openly, and write reflectively about topics that matter.
Our first two books for this year are:
- Ghost, by Jason Reynolds – Castle is a boy who is running from his problems, and his past. A local track coach discovers Castle’s natural talent for sprinting and takes him under his wing. Castle discovers challenges and joys of joining this elite track team.
- With the Fire on High, by Elizabeth Acevedo – Told through the eyes of Emoni Santiago, a passionate cook who always puts a little magic in her food, this novel explores the challenges young people face as they inhabit the space between childhood and adulthood: from navigating complex relationships, to balancing the demands of family, school, and a part-time job, to making decisions about life after high school.
The Alternative Education Department has succeeded getting these courses approved for a-g credit through the UC Portal.