The Symbolism of Sneakers in Ghost

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As part of a study of Jason Reynold's Ghost, readers take a close look at sneaker culture and how Reynold uses sneakers as a symbol in his award-winning young adult novel. Groups explore links to "Sneakerology 101", a Carnegie Mellon University course, and a traveling art exhibition, "The Rise of Sneaker Culture."

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to journal about an article of clothing or fashion accessory that is popular with their group of friends
  • Launch a discussion of symbolism by projecting an image of a United States flag and asking learners to identify what it is as well as what it represents
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of the novel
  • Presumes learners have finished reading the novel
  • One of four Ghost resources in the PBS Great American Read series
  • Register for a free PBS account to access resources
  • Requires extra prep time to set tabs on the classroom computer to show images and to copy required worksheets
  • The plan is richly detailed and carefully scaffolded
  • Links are provided to sneaker culture resources
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