Yesterday my husband, son, and I went to go watch "42", a movie we have anxiously been awaiting. We know the story of Jackie Robinson pretty well and have been eager to see how the story is depicted. For the most part, we weren't disappointed. There were points we squirmed in our seats with discomfort over the language used, the blatant racism, and the ache in hearts for the injustices done to Jackie and so many other Americans through history.
So why I am blogging about this?
I have been trying to decide what my next read aloud would be with my fourth graders. I only have time for maybe 2 or 3 more books this year before I send them off to a new teacher in a new building with new challenges. Have I done everything I can to prepare them? So after watching "42" yesterday, I have decided that I am going to read
with them. I hope they feel some "discomfort" when I read. I hope they think about how they treat other people. I hope they make connections to their own lives and that they carry a little bit of this book with them when they leave me.
With all the horror in the world, all we can do every day is be our best, treat others with respect and kindness, and try to make the world a better place. Words can be powerful--I'm hoping R.J. Palacio's words can touch my students and make them think . . . make them uncomfortable . . . and help them grow up just a little bit more.
Have a great Sunday, everyone!