More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Breaking Through Boundaries-Reading to Open Our World!
My students need subscriptions to 3 different Scholastic magazines to broaden their understanding of the country and the world. Each of these titles will introduce them to new ideas and locations.
We learn so much about ourselves by examining other people and places. Many of my students, however, do not leave the boundaries of their neighborhood. This project would give them fantastically compelling magazine articles which talk about the world and choices that will affect them.
My students attend a charter school in New York State.
Although most qualify for free lunch, they manage to accomplish so much with limited resources. Every day they inspire me to think of new and engaging ways to help them become better readers and they help me to think differently about the texts we examine. I am always amazed by their dedication and their commitment to meeting the requirements of our school, even though they are extremely challenging. Students have a 10 hour long school day, Saturday school twice a month, and often 2 hours of homework every night in addition to responsibilities at home. Despite this combination of factors, students arrive on time and ready to learn each and every day.
New to our schedule this year is a much needed Silent Independent Reading block. I would share these magazines with the entire 7th grade team to be used during this block of time. The magazines present articles that will be of high interest to the students and engage reluctant readers who haven't always experienced success completing longer book titles. The article format will allow struggling readers to learn about a topic and feel successful having accomplished completely reading a text. I will also use the magazines in lunch time remediation groups. Student leaders will select a magazine article to discuss with a group of 4 other students. I am excited about this part of the project because it will be mainly student directed learning and inquiry, with me listening to the discussion and prodding and asking for elaboration where necessary.
I completed a very similar project last year and it made students feel excited about reading--a priceless accomplishment.
Completing this project would replicate the fantastic feeling students had of being able to pick up a magazine and learn something about another part of the world. It introduced them to ideas that were new to them and helped them to think differently about themselves and their community. I hope to give this same opportunity to my new 7th graders.
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