It's a typical fall morning in my sixth-grade classroom. If you look around, you will see 11 and 12 year olds stretched out at their desks, heads buried in books. At any other time during the day, you would see them laughing, chatting, and being typical middle school students. However, right now they are in "the zone"- the reading zone. I teach 6th grade Language Arts at a Title I school. I teach two classes of 23 students each.
My students this year LOVE to read! We have spent the past 6 weeks focusing on our independent reading and raising our reading stamina. Students who told me they hated reading at the beginning of the year now beg for more independent reading time. I have spent hours making sure each student finds a book they enjoy, a genre they love, and an author they adore. Our problem now is that most of my students have either read all the books I have to offer or have fallen in love with and author or series I do not have on my shelves. They are begging for more reading material, and I don't want to let them down!
My proposal asks for 25 books for our classroom library. These are titles and genres the students have requested. For example, most of my students enjoy reading Margaret Peterson Haddix's "The Shadow Children" series, so I am requesting more of her titles. I have also requested a variety of non-fiction titles, in the hope that my students will also love these. Titles I am requesting include books about ancient Rome and Egypt, a part of our social studies curriculum. Finally, we would like to add student-friendly classics to the library. For this reason, I have requested Bloomsbury Classics newly published classics, with teen-friendly covers and introductions by popular authors my students love. All of these books will be well-loved and passed from student to student, and from year to year.
By the end of this year, many of my students will have read 30 books. Some of them will have read almost 100 books. By providing my students with frequent, voluminous reading, I aim to create habitual, skilled, and passionate readers. By donating to our class, you can help 6th graders find their niche, that special book, and that reason to want to read.
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