Hope in the Darkest Eyes welcomes readers into the lives of young writers from the Bronx, many of whom are immigrants. Journey from one country to another, feel the pain of separation and the loss of a loved one, or the struggle to make new friends. Learn about the cultures and families of these young authors, and the ways in which they’ve learned valuable lessons over the course of their lives. Readers in your class are sure to find a story much like their own!
USING THIS PUBLICATION IN THE CLASSROOM
We encourage you to use Hope in the Darkest Eyes as inspiration for strengths-based learning in your classroom. What can your students learn from the narratives offered in this book? Allow them the opportunity to see how other young authors are expressing responsibility, gratitude, determination, and courage — these examples can lay the groundwork for your students to write their own stories.
We believe students are more motivated to research and write when their learning is connected to the real world. If you have high school seniors in your classroom, you might consider developing an inquiry unit in which your students can connect their values and experiences to their future employment. How will the characteristics they possess translate to different careers?