GDEF provided class sets of the book “Speak” for the piloting of two exciting new classes in 19-20. Open Honors English 9 is an unleveled ELA class that gives every student access to a rich and challenging curriculum while offering those students who wish to challenge themselves further in both depth and breadth the opportunity to take the class for Honors credit. The Literacy Workshop is a course designed to offer support in essential and fundamental areas of reading and writing for those students who need more focused attention in order to meet standards at their grade level. Both of these classes have developed out of district Universal Design for Learning initiatives, oriented toward providing and supporting access to the full curriculum for all students.
“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the most taught books in high schools across the U.S.now. With a high school freshman female protagonist, a plot full of relatable and contemporary subject matter, and a high level of accessibility and engagement for young readers,” Speak” is the perfect way to have students explore what voice is and how and why to use it.