Our school is part of District Reference Group “H” which is the second lowest socioeconomic level a school can be placed in.
As an eighth grade ELA teacher, I have witnessed the great needs of my students.
A high percentage of the students who attend my school receive free and reduced-price lunch and struggle to have other basic needs met as well. These circumstances can make it very difficult for some families to afford basic school supplies. Many of my students are also ELLs and need extra support when reading grade-level materials. The activities that we complete, both in and out of the classroom, are greatly restricted by the socioeconomic makeup of our student body and the lack of funding for resources, especially when it comes to technology.
The students in our school come from very diverse backgrounds and cultures and often do not have the support available at home that allows them to succeed at higher levels. Many students are struggling to learn the language while trying to complete their eighth-grade work. The students themselves are very willing to work in school and take the opportunity to utilize the limited resources that are available.
The requested pens, highlighters, and markers will be used to support their reading and demonstrate their understanding of the text. The highlighters and pens will be used to support students' reading and research. Frequently, students need to cite evidence from difficult informational texts. Being able to highlight and color code difficult texts, help students to break down the text and understand it better. The markers will be used in activities like Chalk Talks. Groups are given a piece of chart paper and must have discussion through their writing. Markers help make these written conversations more enriching because students can read what each other has written.
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