My school is in Glendale, Arizona and my students are some of the most resilient young people you will ever meet. The vast majority of my 150 students come from a very low income area where they have unfortunately experienced many things that have forced them to grow up too fast. For many of my students, school is the only place where they receive love, encouragement, adequate meals, and positive adult and peer interaction. My students deserve to have the resources to not only help them grow academically, but to grow into people that will make a positive difference in this world.
Thanks to my last project being fully funded, many of my 8th graders have now finished three entire novels, AND look forward to reading!
I am hoping to keep this momentum going as we move into the final semester of the year! Thanks to previous projects, I have some very engaging novels, but unfortunately not enough copies for all of my students. I am hoping this project will allow my kids to finish the year strong, and have materials ready for next year's group.
Each unit of our reading curriculum has a theme; for example the theme of the unit we will be starting next is "Intelligence: In What Different Ways Can People Be Intelligent?" For each unit, I pick (and read) five books that are related to the theme and engaging for my students. High interest novels are not always readily available at my school and I often end up finding and purchasing the books on my own. I do everything I can to make sure the books I choose fit the range of reading levels my students have, are engaging for my kids, and provide opportunities for discussions and reflection. I would love to be able to have high interest novels that connect to each unit's theme that I can work with and incorporate into literature groups for years to come.
It is so important that my students develop a healthy relationship with reading as they move forward into high school.
For many of my kids, this year has been the first year they have finished an entire book from cover to cover. I want my students to enjoy reading and have the discipline needed to finish an entire novel to prepare them for high school and further education. I also want to provide them with the opportunity to expand their mind and develop their own ideas as a young adult. Please donate to this project and help give these kids the resources that they deserve!
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