Help me give my students a culturally diverse library to continue to nurture their love for reading. Students will be able to improve their literacy skills by identifying themselves in the books they read.
This project expired on March 9, 2020.
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My fifth grade students are dynamic, creative, confident, and hardworking. My school is a K-8 Title I school; a high percentage of our students come from low income families. Despite the challenges my students may face, they are driven to succeed. My fifth graders are diverse with a high percentage of English language learners and students with disabilities. This diversity is our strength and brings us together as we realize we are more alike than different.
My current classroom library is very limited. I have been at my school for 11 years and it has never been updated. Each year I try my best to buy engaging literature for my kids but it is not enough for all of my diverse 63 students. The kids love the books that I purchase for them, but when they are done reading those books, all that’s left is our very limited selection. When it is time to read independently, I see how disengaged they are at times. They are not able to identify with the books in my library. Therefore, I would love to offer my students literature in which they can see themselves; their knowledge, experiences, and identity. This library will help me give my kids quality instruction and the necessary tools to bridge the literacy gap. As a class we will come together and realize that our differences are strengths. My students will be able to relate lesson content to their own backgrounds.
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