I teach in school where half of our population are English Language Learners. The majority of our students come from a low income home. Many of them do not come from household where they can provide basic school materials. Most of them have backpack, but lack other essential materials. Most of my classroom funds go to the basic items: paper, pencils, crayons, markers, and highlighters, and notebooks.
One particular item that is very special to our classroom are highlighters.
My students are learning to close read every text and highlight certain items in a text a particular color.
When I first introduced to them how "we read" in our class they were excited about using the different color of highlighters, but many were discouraged because they were not going to be able to get a set for their homework. They were given crayons to do the highlighting at home.
I am asking for sets of highlighters, enough so students can have a set a home and in the classroom to use for themselves.
If my project is funded, students will continue to close read, highlight, and annotate their text, but this time, they all will have their own set of highlighters to use. Students are expected to read, highlight, annotate on a daily basis at home and in the classroom in all subject areas.
Each color represents something different in the text.
Yellow is used to highlight important information. Orange highlights any connections they have made with text. Blue is note and analyze the specific text structures the author has used. Green highlights any word or phrases that will give a hint to the author's perspective. Pink highlights any figurative language and purple is used to highlight any textual evidence. Highlighting allows for students to organize their thought and have better discussions with each other and allows for the teacher to see how well they are understanding the text.
As you can see, highlighting an essential part of our learning. Students are learning to truly engage themselves in the text they are reading and analyzing. Highlighters make it a more organized and engaging.
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