We’re actually into the story now and the students couldn’t be anticipating what is going to happen next any more! I had 3 of them say they were going to rent one of the movies this weekend, 2 ask where they could get the book, and 1 borrow my copy.
Don’t ever tell me 8th graders won’t, because yes they will.
In all of my attempts to find ways to make this story come to life for them, I wrote to Popejoy Hall education department inquiring about a tour for the students that win the tickets. I can’t believe the wonderful response I’ve been given. The staff purchased another ticket for me so that I can take a student from each of my three classes! The theatrical director is going to take us on a tour, and thanks to Terry Davis, we were featured in a blog on Duke City Fix!
I am so inspired by my students and so grateful to Popejoy/ UNM for helping me to give these students an experience that can be a positive force for the rest of their lives.
Les Miserables is that one book, that one story that anyone can identify with, even if you are an 8th grader from Albuquerque. I would hug Victor Hugo if I could!