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  • Highlander Charter School - Upper Campus
  • Warren, RI
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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Growing up, I was a reader. I fell in love with books at an early age, yet I often did not identify with the protagonists. For me, that didn’t matter so much, because I loved stories - any story. I do, however, identify with my students - ethnically diverse kids from low income families. In a school where we have limited resources and no formal library, my students need more access to texts and opportunities for independent reading. Unfortunately, my students do not find reading as exhilarating as I did at their age, and I’d like to offer every opportunity to engage them in independent reading. Most of my kids do not read at home, and comprehension struggles prevent them from wanting to do so in school. If my students had access to the types of texts they can relate to and enjoy, they would be gaining comprehension skills, vocabulary development, and the literary acumen that could translate to the classroom. I imagine my library containing books like The Hate U Give, None of the Above, and Dear Martin, and by authors such as Elizabeth Acevedo, Jacqueline Woodson, and Matt de la Pena. With a student choice library of culturally relevant texts, my kids will have access to narratives they can identify with and connect to. My hope is to engage my students with texts they want to read, thereby encouraging them to read outside of the classroom.

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Growing up, I was a reader. I fell in love with books at an early age, yet I often did not identify with the protagonists. For me, that didn’t matter so much, because I loved stories - any story. I do, however, identify with my students - ethnically diverse kids from low income families. In a school where we have limited resources and no formal library, my students need more access to texts and opportunities for independent reading. Unfortunately, my students do not find reading as exhilarating as I did at their age, and I’d like to offer every opportunity to engage them in independent reading. Most of my kids do not read at home, and comprehension struggles prevent them from wanting to do so in school. If my students had access to the types of texts they can relate to and enjoy, they would be gaining comprehension skills, vocabulary development, and the literary acumen that could translate to the classroom. I imagine my library containing books like The Hate U Give, None of the Above, and Dear Martin, and by authors such as Elizabeth Acevedo, Jacqueline Woodson, and Matt de la Pena. With a student choice library of culturally relevant texts, my kids will have access to narratives they can identify with and connect to. My hope is to engage my students with texts they want to read, thereby encouraging them to read outside of the classroom.

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