Hey, Doodle, Doodle, Let’s Review:

The Hate U Give


If you’re an educator, you almost certainly have utilized Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning in your pedagogy. As such, you may at times, like myself, struggle to think of lessons and activities that allow your students to reach the upper levels of the model: analyze, evaluate, and create, in an engaging way. 


While my expertise is in ancient political philosophy, I teach a range of multidisciplinary courses including philosophy, literature, film, and various other academic areas. Because my classes are offered to a variety of majors, the students’ expectations of the course, therefore, are varied. Many do not understand why they are learning about poetry and literature when their major area of study is Business or Accounting. 


My latest assignment idea is Hey Doodle, Doodle, Let’s Review! It allows both students and teachers to not only review a text, and reach those higher levels of critical thinking, but to do it in a way that activates multiple parts of the brain, thus engaging all students (not just the Philosophy majors) in the course’s content and discussions. 


In my classroom, I like to focus on more than just literature from the canon, or what I call literature from “dead white guys”. It is important that literature have representations from many different backgrounds and topics. 


One of my favorite books to teach is Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, a book that has won myriad awards and one that has made it onto almost every list featuring must-read Black authors. Starr Carter, a 16-year-old Black girl who lives in two worlds, is the reader’s guide as she navigates race relations with both harrowing courage and unwavering conviction. Starr lives in a poor neighborhood but commutes to an elite private school attended by predominantly white students. Starr witnesses the murder of her childhood friend at the hands of a white police officer and speaks up against the brutality she witnessed. 


Starr’s story is unique in that it is fiction, but also non-fiction for many Black youths today. This is what makes this story vital in the classroom where students can read and process Starr’s story and ground it in reality, and discuss what can be done next to prevent more of the same. 


Hey, Doodle, Doodle, Let’s Review: The Hate U Give contains everything you need to implement this into your instruction with little-to-no prep! Use it to review the novel through visual notetaking and doodling, or use it as a discussion piece to discover areas and details your students are interested in discussing. Either way, your students will love it, and they will thank you for changing it up! 


What’s Included
  • Instructions for both teachers and students
  • Both Print and Digital versions 
  • 8 pages where students fill in their notes- images provided on the printed version. 
  • 10 blank pages on the print version for students to create their own notes
  • 21 Google Slides to share with students. The file is shared with students and the instructions are able to be edited. Examples are provided for students to use as a model. You may keep these slides or delete them if you’d like. 
  • 10 of the slides have just the template for notetaking


I sincerely hope you find this product as helpful in your classroom as I do! 


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