I have the distinct pleasure of teaching all ninth-grade students this year. One unique aspect of my students is that they are from all over the world, ranging from Madagascar to Haiti to South Africa to Argentina and some were born and raised here and have never left. I also have students across the LGBTQ spectrum and am lucky to teach in a district that helps foster a safe environment for everywhere.
I am honored to learn so much from my students, and I would really like to ensure that they feel reflected in the literature I offer in class. I would love to add to my classroom library to encourage students to read independently, but more importantly, to help them see themselves in the literature they read.
I am trying to create a classroom environment where students are independently reading books of interest on a daily basis. I have a range of Lexile-levels in my classroom and students from all over the world. Some are refugees, some are immigrants, some are natives, but they all learn from each other and I want to make sure that the books in my classroom reflect their diversity, develop empathy, and help them feel seen and heard. Students are reading these novels daily and creating projects that they present to their peers to encourage each other to read even more. Each book is a step toward my goal! Thank you.
In Their Own Words
My goal is to fill up my library shelves so that my students are able to find a book to love. Currently, I only have about 50 books available and would like to make sure that students have enough variety. The book selection here is based on their interest as well as Peach Award Nominees from the past.
To read a variety of books and present them to my peers to encourage their love of reading as well as my own. Presentations will range from songs, poems, slideshows, dances, paintings, food, etc. to help show understanding and comprehension and pass along a recommendation to a peer this year and in the future.
To create a mentorship community within the 9th grade to foster a culture of reading no matter the background. To take away the fear of reading. Students will write reviews of the novels and leave them with the books so that students in the future can read reviews and find a book they can connect with as well.
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