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  • Jo Mackey Elementary School @ Wendell P Williams
  • N Las Vegas, NV
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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I teach 5th grade students in an inner city public elementary school in Las Vegas, Nevada. These students have grown up seeing little to no representation of themselves in the books they have used to learn how to read and develop literacy skills. Some of these students are starting to feel unmotivated and disconnected from school. Furthermore, in the beginning of this school year most of them stated they hated reading. However, I promised them I would make them fall in love with reading! Using complex text that was written by an African-American author with a young African-American boy as the main character and hero would engage them in reading because they will bee able to see themselves and their culture represented in the text. Moreover, I would like to have a class set of this book to give each student the opportunity to hold a book in their hands and submerge themselves into the story by becoming one with the main character. This will increase their engagement and connection to school and change their feelings about reading because once you can connect to the main character, you can feel excited to read about his adventures every day! Lastly, having culturally responsive texts to use as mentor texts sends students and families the message that their cultures are celebrated and appreciated in the academic context. This could make the difference between academic success or dropping out of school!

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I teach 5th grade students in an inner city public elementary school in Las Vegas, Nevada. These students have grown up seeing little to no representation of themselves in the books they have used to learn how to read and develop literacy skills. Some of these students are starting to feel unmotivated and disconnected from school. Furthermore, in the beginning of this school year most of them stated they hated reading. However, I promised them I would make them fall in love with reading! Using complex text that was written by an African-American author with a young African-American boy as the main character and hero would engage them in reading because they will bee able to see themselves and their culture represented in the text. Moreover, I would like to have a class set of this book to give each student the opportunity to hold a book in their hands and submerge themselves into the story by becoming one with the main character. This will increase their engagement and connection to school and change their feelings about reading because once you can connect to the main character, you can feel excited to read about his adventures every day! Lastly, having culturally responsive texts to use as mentor texts sends students and families the message that their cultures are celebrated and appreciated in the academic context. This could make the difference between academic success or dropping out of school!

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