Help me give my students new, diverse options in our classroom library. Some of these text titles will also serve as reference books for whole class supplemental reading when we are addressing injustice in larger texts.
I teach 11th grade team-taught English, which is a split roster between Gen. Ed. students and SpEd students. These students are often reluctant or frustrated readers and writers. I also teach 11th grade English in a Credit Recovery Academy (summer school) and I want to provide these students with texts that will give them an opportunity to experience success.
Many of them feel like they "can't" read/write or have been told that they aren't good at it; it is challenging and vitally important to change these students' minds.
I want to instill a love of reading for all of my students by providing accessible, high-interest texts for my diverse learners. There is so much out there, and every student can benefit both academically and socio-emotionally from accessing a text that speaks to them personally.
My students are funny, capable, kind, ridiculous, complex, and diverse. They inspire me daily to be better for them. They give me new challenges and they push me to teach them in new and exciting ways.
It has been shown that students need mirrors and windows in reading. They need to see themselves and they need windows into other cultures/identities. We have new books being published every day that represent a variety of areas of diversity: race, socioeconomic status, size, neurodiversity, LGBTQUIA+, etc.
It's more important than ever for students to see these areas of diversity represented when they walk into their classroom.
Most of these titles are new. They will serve many purposes. Primarily, they will serve as choice texts for students to check out from the classroom library. Additionally, many will serve as supplemental reference texts for whole class reading when we are reading texts that address these ideas.
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