Author: Sharon Draper
Finished: February 2nd, 2011
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The following review is pulled from parts of my EDUT&L656 paper regarding Copper Sun:
Draper’s Copper Sun
was another story that was essentially rooted in historical truth. While many of the events that transpired in the story seemed to be far-fetched at times; most of which Draper wrote could’ve occurred and probably did happen to African slaves. This story, I felt, was rather graphic at times, making me question whether or not I’d teach the story at the lower levels (being fifth, sixth, seventh grade). I’m a strong believer in not sheltering children from the harsh realities of the past; however, I believe these realities need to be introduced slowly (and in good time).
Subject matter such as rape, murder, abuse, racism and intense violence is something that needs to be taken seriously. These topics cannot be overlooked and should be thoroughly discussed. My biggest hesitation stirs from the question: what type of discussions a fifth, sixth, even seventh grade class could have regarding this subject matter? Is it appropriate? All things considered, I’m sure the vast majority of these younger students have heard/seen worse things on the news and (possibly) in their homes.
Slavery and war are two very heavy topics. As stated before, these issues cannot be disregarded.When teaching a novel like this, you have to be very careful to address these issues in a sensitive manner.