Nearly 90 universities have adopted Enrique’s Journey as their freshman or all-campus read. Many high schools (even entire districts! New York City, for example) have also added the book to their curricula. And now middle schools are adopting the young adult version of Enrique’s Journey as part of their common reads.
Sharon Harris, English Teacher at Warren Township High School, said of using Enrique’s Journey, “… the first year I taught EJ, I taught grammar with a workbook and embedded grammar lessons within the EJ unit. Students would hide their EJ books beneath their grammar books … Students were ‘sneaking’ their EJ books in class! Ever since then, every class of students has enjoyed EJ just as much. EJ is powerful, informative, moving, and teachable.”
Sonia was the opening keynote at the 2014 National Council of Teachers of English National Convention in Washington, D.C. She spoke about the power of stories. She is often brought into educator training sessions to talk about how to inspire refugees to tell their personal story.
- NPR Talk of the Nation: Enrique’s Journey success as a common read
- Schools and Cities that have adopted Enrique’s Journey
- One teacher explains how Common Core Standards and Enrique’s Journey has made their teaching more powerful.
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“Enrique’s Journey has received praise from students, staff and faculty. There seems to be a lot of support which induces great collaborations. I believe it was a great choice for the Common Reader program.”
— Sam Houston State University in Texas Student Success Initiative Program Coordinator Falasha Spruiell