My students are down-to-earth, hard-working, and eager to learn. They are compliant and attend school regularly. In fact, we have one of the highest attendance rates in our state!
My students read!
They love stories, informational books, and are willing to try new genres that I recommend.
We are a small school with 49% free-and-reduced lunch. Our decreasing enrollment has significantly reduced our budget and our just-below-the-50% free/reduced status makes us ineligible more funding. I am certain that my students would appreciate these books. Thank you!
Every English course that I teach includes reading a handful of "independent reads" besides the class texts. In the 17 years that I've taught, I keep a running list of what they enjoy most, adding new books every year and removing others. Each quarter, students choose a book to read and write about it. Some students go above and beyond and read additional ones. Often times I ask students to read the same book as at least two other students so that they may have a conversation about the text and once a year, I set up literature clubs and offer four to five different choices.
Students today need to hear from different voices; this is why I strive for a diverse independent reading list.
From historical fiction to nonfiction bestsellers, my list covers yesterday's great stories and today's vital topics. These books will be read by many students, year after year. Please help me expand my choices and give my students the gift of reading. Thank you.
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