How many times have we read Eve Bunting’s Fly Away Home to our class because of its message, yet neglecting to fully connect its themes (homelessness and poverty) to our own lives and that of our students? Is the topic too grim? Does poverty and homelessness exist in your culture? Or, perhaps you have a student who knows these issues all to well.
Can we as teachers help our students understand these issues more critically at both the local and global level? Could this be an issue your students act on within your own communities? At what age? To what extent?