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  • Gordon Russell Middle School
  • Gresham, OR
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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Once students reach their teenage years, the amount of time they spend reading for fun decreases drastically. It is my hope that in providing a diverse and engaging classroom library, I can help foster a love of reading in my students for years to come. Each day my students begin class with 15 minutes of free reading time. That fifteen minutes doesn't do very much if the student doesn't have a book or isn't engaged with the text they have. In selecting titles, I kept the widely varied backgrounds of my students in mind. The library contains a wide variety of books representing many backgrounds and genres to not only represent each student in my classroom, but to also capture the attention of even my most stubborn readers. As well as "middle school classics," I have selected mostly newer novels that portray a wide variety of experiences, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds so that my students will be able to relate to the heroes/heroines in the stories they see on the shelves of their room everyday. These titles touch on cultural and social issues, as well as current events and current trends in popular culture. Additionally, I have included a handful of graphic novels to appeal to my visual learners and struggling readers; any exposure to literature is valuable! These books will provide students with the invaluable opportunity to learn to love reading. To see themselves in the protagonist of a story, to escape to another world, or to learn about another culture or experience and broaden their view of the world; the doors that reading opens are priceless.

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Once students reach their teenage years, the amount of time they spend reading for fun decreases drastically. It is my hope that in providing a diverse and engaging classroom library, I can help foster a love of reading in my students for years to come. Each day my students begin class with 15 minutes of free reading time. That fifteen minutes doesn't do very much if the student doesn't have a book or isn't engaged with the text they have. In selecting titles, I kept the widely varied backgrounds of my students in mind. The library contains a wide variety of books representing many backgrounds and genres to not only represent each student in my classroom, but to also capture the attention of even my most stubborn readers. As well as "middle school classics," I have selected mostly newer novels that portray a wide variety of experiences, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds so that my students will be able to relate to the heroes/heroines in the stories they see on the shelves of their room everyday. These titles touch on cultural and social issues, as well as current events and current trends in popular culture. Additionally, I have included a handful of graphic novels to appeal to my visual learners and struggling readers; any exposure to literature is valuable! These books will provide students with the invaluable opportunity to learn to love reading. To see themselves in the protagonist of a story, to escape to another world, or to learn about another culture or experience and broaden their view of the world; the doors that reading opens are priceless.

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