Dear Mdm See,
I am writing to you to you to suggest that you consider including the book, To Sir With Love, in the P6 ERP reading list.
To Sir With Love is an autobiography by E. R. Brathwaite set in the East end of London during 1945, right after World War II. The book is based on Brathwaite’s experiences and the difficulties he encounters due to his black skin. From having difficulties in finding work despite his qualifications and experiences, to students having no respect for him when he begins his first teaching job, this book is about how he deals with these situations and how he ultimately earns the respect of his students and nurtures them from delinquents to people that are matured and respectable in the society.
With the objective of the GEP reading programme to expose students to the genres and topics of books they will be learning about during the school year, namely biographies and discrimination, this book certainly should be on the P6 ERP reading list, being both an autobiography and a book filled with the author’s experiences with prejudice and discrimination, examples of which are people refusing to sit next to him on a bus and his students calling him names like “Blackie” or “Darky” when he first starts teaching.
As the P6 literature book, Friedrich, is also about discrimination, teachers will also be able to cite this book as a more relevant example of discrimination as in modern times, discrimination is more commonly based on your skin colour, and not your religious beliefs.
The style of writing is special for an autobiography as unlike most biographies the author describes his feelings and thoughts regarding events very deeply, allowing students to not only understand and relate to what the author is experiencing, but also explore how the author expresses his feelings in the text, and learn from his writing style. Students will also to the author’s experiences as he tries to find a place in society.
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In the book, the challenges the author faces due to racism are all very real and can definitely still be found in society today. This book gives readers a chance to see all these acts from the minority’s point of view and understand how they feel. I am confident that after reading this book, students will undoubtedly feel grateful for the peaceful and multi-racial society we live in and will reconsider doing any actions that may upset one another.
In conclusion, I think that the book, To Sir With Love, is a book that will greatly benefit the GEP students and it will make great teaching material if included in the ERP reading list.
Luke Yeo