5 Diverse Classroom Books for Older Students
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As the world changes, people are becoming more aware of their surroundings. Students are getting older and becoming curious about the idea of culture, disabilities, and social standards. They are constantly trying to uncover their true self and that is not easy when you are going through it alone. Here are six diverse classroom books for older students which can help satisfy their curiosity and broaden their horizons..
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
If you are a fan of Greek mythology, this is the perfect read for you. Rick Riordan puts a spin on the classic mythology stories into a modern-day adventure. Follow Percy Jackson, a troubled twelve-year-old who is about to discover that the Greek gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus are real. Since ancient history, the Greek gods and goddesses have come down to earth, fallen in love with humans, and had kids – demigods, half-god and half-human. Percy Jackson is one demigod, and his father is Posiden, god of the seas and one of the main three gods of Greek mythology. In other words, Percy is in more danger than ever as monsters are out to get him. How could the situation get any worse?
But it does! Percy has angered a few of the gods. Zeus, god of the sky’s, master lightning bolt has been stolen. Percy Jackson is the prime suspect, and everyone is out to get him. Now Percy and his friends only have until the summer solstice to find the true thief, return the bolt back to Zeus, and stop the storm that’s brewing. Can Percy save Mount Olympus in time? Find out in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. If you enjoyed the first book check out the series and other greek mythology-inspired series by Rick Riordan.
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Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Solan
Twelve-year-old genius Willow Chance is captivated by nature and diagnosed with a medical condition. Due to her condition, she finds comfort in counting by 7’s. Willow does not connect well with anyone other than her adoptive parents. That setback has never stopped her from living a happy life until now. Tragedy strikes Willow’s world as her parents, unfortunately, die in a car accident. Willow must now search for a place where she belongs and can call home. Equally balanced with tragedy and triumph, see how one extraordinary girl overcomes grief and finds the courage to move forward. Students of all ages can connect with this heartfelt novel and learn how to cover coming grief by finding happiness around you.
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Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
In this illustrated memoir, Robin Ha depicts her life from living with her single mother in Seoul, Korea, to moving in with her stepfamily in Huntsville, Alabama. It has always been Robin and her mom against the world. They had an inseparable bond as an only child and a single mother living in Korea. A vacation trip to visit friends in Alabama turns into a permanent stay. On top of that, Robin’s mother is now engaged, and Robin can see her world crumbling down. Her life starts to change in the blink of an eye.
Robin starts a new school where she struggles to learn the language and keep up. She has no contact with her friends from back home and is deprived of her beloved comic books. Robin is not fitting in with her new stepfamily and is outraged at her best friend, her mother. Robin’s mother must have noticed her daughter’s disconnection because she enrolled her in a local comic drawing class. Little did her mother know it would unlock a future Robin could not imagine.
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter has her foot in between two worlds: the poor predominantly black neighbourhood where she lives and the fancy, mainly white prep school she attends. Her world is shattered when she witnesses the deadly shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Tragically, Khalil was unarmed. News spreads about Khalil’s death, and some call him a thug or a drug dealer.
Only Starr and her family know those are horrible lies. Starr is a key witness to the shooting, and only her family knows. Her world of prep school, a star athlete boyfriend, and rich best friends are unaware of her involvement. The pain and anger eat at Starr day by day, keeping the secret of what happened that night. Until enough is enough, it is time to take action.
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Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
Due to Tyler’s father being injured in a tractor accident, Tyler and his family hire immigrant Mexican workers to save their farm from foreclosure. Eleven-year-old Tyler is more desperate than anyone to save his family’s Vermont farm. The workers Tyler’s father hired are undocumented. Tyler meets the oldest daughter Mari who is proud of her Mexican heritage. However, she also loves her life in America. If her family is caught by the authorities, they will be sent back to Mexico and live in poverty. In the beginning, Tyler and Mari were cautious of each other but soon develop a unique friendship. This newfound friendship allows both to see each other’s lives from a new perspective. Through constant fear and worry can Tyler and Mari remain friends?
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- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.