Instructional Video

Chosen Family and Ghost

There's something powerful about a book that speaks your language and experiences or introduces you to the language and experiences of others. A National Book Award winner, Jason Reynolds' novel, Ghost, is such a book. Find out more about the author and his works in a short PBS video.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to craft a dialogue between two friends in their own voices, rewrite that same scene in a more formal language, and then compare the impact of the two versions
Classroom Considerations
  • One of three Ghost resources available from PBS
  • Part of the Great American Read collection
  • Requires registration for a free PBS account to access materials
Pros
  • The video includes clips of Reynolds talking with middle schoolers about having goals and what it takes to achieve them
Cons
  • None