At The Head of Her Class, and Homeless
In June 2014, NPR published this story about Rashema Melson. At the time, Melson was a homeless high school senior at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. She is now a student at Georgetown University.
When and How to Pair: Introduce this informational text, about a homeless high school senior, after students have finished the book. Students would’ve discovered that Negi is attending Harvard University. Use the NPR article to generate a discussion on how hard Rashema Melson and Negi had to work to succeed in school. What obstacles did Melson and Negi face? How did they both struggle with unstable homes at some point in their lives? Despite the obstacles they have faced, how have both girls succeeded?