Imagine being immersed in a new country, a new language, and a new culture during the first year of your high school experience. My students came to this country as newcomers two years ago--many of them enduring long and somewhat traumatic journeys in order to get here. They are currently in their third year of the country working hard to learn English. Almost all of these students are from seriously impoverished families, but that does not prevent them from working hard in their studies in order to acquire the language.
Collaborative learning is an essential component to our ESL 3 classroom.
Students in my classroom are inquisitive, compassionate, and dedicated. These language learners need books that connect to their lives, but are also at their reading level. My students are eager to learn, curious about the world, and need practice with the language. Their dedication, passion, and willingness inspire me to be a better educator.
On Sunday, October 21, 2019, a tornado ripped through parts of North Dallas and destroyed homes, businesses, and schools. My High School was one of those schools. The damage was so bad that all of the teachers and staff had to be relocated to a new campus nearly 10 miles away. As we try to regain our footing in the new campus, we are slowly realizing the levels of loss of our books. While the community has been so generous with donations of supplies and materials, we have no books for our classroom library.
What was once a flourishing library of over 500 books has diminished to nothing.
My students read these books every day in class--reading was an integral part of our daily lessons. Please join me on my quest to recreate our classroom library. I have selected the titles that were the most popular for my students. We would be so appreciative of your support--anything will help us at this point.
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