Many of my students are the first in their family to make it to high school. All hope and strive to reach an even higher goal: graduate high school and attend college. My students attend an inner city high school, where more than 80% of them are at risk for dropping out and are economically disadvantaged.
Although my students arrive to my freshman English class with such disadvantages, they have a burning desire and need for learning about their world.
Having books in Spanish will allow students to develop their literacy skills in their first language, which according to linguist Stephen Krashen, second language acquisition is based on the proficiency of the student's native language. Which means: if students have a high proficiency in their native language, they can also acquire English at a high proficiency.
The books I selected are at different lexile levels and on a variety of topics so that bilingual students can enjoy not the best of both worlds, but the best of all worlds.
Literacy, knowing how to communicate by reading and writing, does not have a language. A love for reading should be provided to all students. At my school, over 45% of students are bilingual. By purchasing these books, they will develop their native and English language, as well as their love of books.
If you donated to this project, you can sign in to leave a comment for Ms. Uribe.
DonorsChoose is the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.
As a teacher-founded nonprofit, we're trusted by thousands of teachers and supporters across the country. This classroom request for funding was created by Ms. Uribe and reviewed by the DonorsChoose team.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.