The majority of my students are English language learners from low-income, immigrant families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. They live in small, one-room apartments with shared kitchens and bathrooms. Most of my students are cared for by their grandparents because their parents are too busy making a living. Some even need to work two jobs to make ends meet.
In spite of these hardships, these wonderful students come to school eager to learn!
Although their parents expect them to do well in school, most of the parents feel they cannot help their children with their schooling because of their long work hours and their own limited English speaking skills.
The best way for students to learn a language is to read. A huge collection of books to motivate and inspire students helps them learn. I have books at different reading levels and different interest levels to get my students reading. At the moment all my Chinese books are on one small bookcase.
Help me organize my Chinese books so students can easily find what they need.
I can put nonfiction and fiction Chinese books on different shelves. I would be able to put books with their covers facing out to highlight interesting titles. A beautiful, better-organized library will invite more students to pick up a Chinese book and improve their Chinese.
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