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  • Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Fort Worth, TX

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Sixth grade students exist somewhere past children but not yet teens. They live in a confusing world of social media, political hot topics, video gaming, and questionable influencers. My students are ready to explore and form opinions. They are ready to unpack complex issues and decode their roles in families and friendships. While classic literature still has a place in ELA classrooms, it is time to move past solely using books with protagonists that all look the same and secondary characters that are little more than cardboard images. Students need books that are mirrors of themselves with characters that look and sound like them; they need books that open doorways to thoughts and ideas that have yet to be realized. By creating a library of books more reflective of my students, their views, and their questions, I will be creating a classroom of greater readers. The books I have chosen will spark interest and enthusiasm. They will be inviting for all readers, with genres like non-fiction and mystery included, as well as the expanded selection of graphic novels. The titles will lead to deeper discussions, and will create the space for opportunities like sustained focused reading, in-class mini book clubs, and book talks. We will measure pages read, and all - even reluctant readers - will watch their numbers grow. I look forward to wonderful days of reading and exploring these new titles in my cozy classroom, and taking part in the discussions and projects they will bring.

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Sixth grade students exist somewhere past children but not yet teens. They live in a confusing world of social media, political hot topics, video gaming, and questionable influencers. My students are ready to explore and form opinions. They are ready to unpack complex issues and decode their roles in families and friendships. While classic literature still has a place in ELA classrooms, it is time to move past solely using books with protagonists that all look the same and secondary characters that are little more than cardboard images. Students need books that are mirrors of themselves with characters that look and sound like them; they need books that open doorways to thoughts and ideas that have yet to be realized. By creating a library of books more reflective of my students, their views, and their questions, I will be creating a classroom of greater readers. The books I have chosen will spark interest and enthusiasm. They will be inviting for all readers, with genres like non-fiction and mystery included, as well as the expanded selection of graphic novels. The titles will lead to deeper discussions, and will create the space for opportunities like sustained focused reading, in-class mini book clubs, and book talks. We will measure pages read, and all - even reluctant readers - will watch their numbers grow. I look forward to wonderful days of reading and exploring these new titles in my cozy classroom, and taking part in the discussions and projects they will bring.

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