A Novel Approach To Teaching Urban Children To Read!
My students need 20 copies each of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Rodrick Rules.
This project expired on March 1, 2011.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
I am trying to challenge my students in reading by using novels that will get them interested. I want to have sets of novels so that the entire class can feel the challenge and enjoy the story. I would also like to use these to expand their vocabulary, something they all need work on.
My students live in the third most dangerous city in the United States.
They are the sweetest, most beautiful children you would ever want to meet. They live so isolated in their poverty, that I try my best to expose them to new ways of learning. I am trying to get them so see the world differently through literature, and instill in them a love of reading. Many of my students do not have books at home, and if they do, they are not appropriate for their age level. They spend an amazing amount of time in front of the television, not reading. I want them to feel that picking up a book can be an escape from real life, and a safe place to enjoy themselves. Life for my students can be rough at times, I want them to see through the novels, that there are other options for their futures.
I have chosen novels from "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series as a starting point. I would like my children to see how other children solve problems in school, and how they interact with one another. I would also like to expand their use of better vocabulary and their understanding that when it comes to problems, they are not alone. These books can show them that. I am also a big fan of reading aloud, to better tune their listening skills. So by reading them aloud daily with each other, they will not only be increasing their reading abilities and fluency, but they will also sharpen their listening and comprehension skills as well.
I truly hope to have my wish fulfilled here.
Having these "big kid" books for my second graders will greatly increase their curiosity about reading, and will also boost their confidence that they can indeed read them accurately for enjoyment. Right now, all we have in our classroom are leveled readers, and my children know that the books are below their level. I need a way to challenge them to extend their reading potential as much as possible, and hope to have that chance soon. Thank you.
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