Our school is part of District Reference Group “H” which is the second lowest socioeconomic level a school can be placed in.
As an eighth grade ELA teacher, I have witnessed the great needs of my students.
A high percentage of the students who attend my school receive free and reduced-price lunch and struggle to have other basic needs met as well. These circumstances can make it very difficult for some families to afford basic school supplies. Many of my students are also ELLs and need extra support when reading grade-level materials. The activities that we complete, both in and out of the classroom, are greatly restricted by the socioeconomic makeup of our student body and the lack of funding for resources, especially when it comes to technology.
The students in our school come from very diverse backgrounds and cultures and often do not have the support available at home that allows them to succeed at higher levels. Many students are struggling to learn the language while trying to complete their eighth-grade work. The students themselves are very willing to work in school and take the opportunity to utilize the limited resources that are available.
Independent reading is a crucial piece of homework in my classroom. In order to improve students’ reading and comprehension skills, they need to be reading at home for at least 20 minutes a night. Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes students to 1.8 million words a year! Creating a classroom library with appealing books that students can check out to read at home is necessary to encourage my students to read.
The books requested in this project are important because many of them are about successful women.
It is important to show my students how women have contributed to fields that are seen as male-dominated, like science and sports. Also included in this project are books about coding. I have many students, girls and boys, who have expressed interest in coding. These books will encourage this hobby, which allows students to be creative and engage in logical thinking. The books in this project will allow me to offer a variety of nonfiction books to my students to encourage independent reading.
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