My students need new books! We are starting an independent reading program; we are also reading two books together as a class!
Remember the first time you read a book that you couldn't put down? These books will change my students' reading trajectories, which will change their life trajectories. They will see that reading is fun and will see that they can be successful as readers and learners.
Our school is 91% Hispanic and over 85% free and reduced lunch.
The neighborhoods surrounding our school are poverty-stricken, but the students are bright, strong, and full of potential. Some of my students have faced homelessness; others have had family members and friends in prison or murdered. Additionally, many students work part-time or full-time on top of attending school everyday. Although many of their lives have been beyond difficult, they want to learn and to be successful and are working harder than ever to fulfill their dreams. Only 8% of our students currently go to and through college; The ACT average is currently a 17. This is our chance to begin turning it around!
We are starting an independent reading program in our class, which will encourage students to read books that they are interested in, books that make them want to read. The best way to get better at reading is to spend time everyday actually doing it. The students specifically expressed interest in every single book on this list. We are also reading two books together as a class. My students chose the books- we had an election. These books will allow my students to develop the reading, writing, and discussion skills they will need to be successful in the future. These books will put them on a path to expanded life opportunities.
As the teacher, I am willing to admit my bias, but my students are absolutely amazing.
They inspire me everyday with their zest, strength, hope, and tenacity. I can tell my students about the joys of reading all day long, but I want them to experience it for themselves in my classroom. Literature is the one thing that unites and connects us as human beings, and this project will put my students on the path towards becoming lifelong learners and readers.
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