Distance and remote learning have made learning very difficult for my students. Many are home with limited access to Wi-Fi or computers. Many have responsibilities to help their younger siblings. Most have to share a single computer among an entire household.
My students live in the south Bronx in small, cramped apartments.
This is not conducive to proper learning but they do their best. They work hard. They understand that their education does not end with the lock-down.
A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language skills. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.
As an educator, I am aware of student resistance to homework and hope that rather than an assignment, my students will pick up the habit of daily doses of reading.
Research supports the strong positive correlative effect of 20-60 minutes of daily reading.
Subsequent research has found that the best amount may vary; low-level readers benefit from 15-20 minutes whereas high level readers get the greatest benefit from reading 45 minutes or more. Regardless of the best individual amount, research consistently shows that time dedicated to independent reading pays off.
These books will be given out to various struggling students to read at home. I have chosen several exciting historical fiction novels for them to read. I want to build excitement and a love of reading. I want them to simply enjoy sitting back with an exciting book and get lost in it's contents. Only through reading will they improve their vocabulary, their writing, and their grasp of the English language.
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