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The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper
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Jan 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: week-3-rll-528-african-american-lit

Teachers: This book has the potential to hook students from page 1. What would you do to be popular? Would you kiss someone's toes? Carry their books to class? Give them money? I can see myself creating a pre-reading interest guide which would easily generate enough momentum to get student engaged and discussing, "what if."

The book Battle of Jericho is about a young man in middle school who wants to be popular. Peer pressure, interest in a particular pretty girl and traditions force him to make very poor decisions which compromises his relationships with friends, family, and his mentor. The ending is pretty tragic and teachers should be aware of this when requiring students to read the book on their own. It provides and excellent teachable moment which may give students sufficient motivation to resist peer pressure and make better choices. There are a number of themes present within the book as well; trust, identity, family, respect, and courage to name a few.
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