Brilliance Is All Over The World, Opportunity Is Not
Help me give my students the challenge that they deserve. The book studies I have available are not only limited, but also remedial to say the least. These books will allow for growth, challenge, and real world application!
My 8th grade students are a rambunctious group. They are talkative, approval seeking, and often times oblivious to their influence. They are addicted to technology, and social approval. Nevertheless, I love them. Nevertheless, they are amazing students. They are in desperate need of rigorous instruction that challenges them. They are in desperate need of books that train their abilities to persevere through difficulties, and allow their creative abilities to evolve and explore new characters and settings. They need innovative literature and informational texts that introduce them to high school and college expectations in order to be successful not only within the confines of the classroom, but far beyond, in the real world.
My students bring an array of life experiences and home lives.
Our school is over 75% free and reduced lunches, meaning that more than half my students are living within reach or below the poverty line. Their minds are consumed by literally anything else besides school, and yet, they show up every day and try. They have not given in to the pains of this life and still have dreams of being a professional athlete or a doctor, and I find that beautiful and deserving.
There are two different book sets that I am requesting for my 8th grade readers. The first is "And Then There Were None" which is a murder mystery written in the late 1930s that drives character analysis, observation of setting propelling the plot, and also allows for foreshadowing thought and predictions. It also is just a really great book and students that I have taught in years past have always had a lot of by-in and are actually excited about reading!
Books allow for students to travel out of their own experience and negative circumstances for some, and the ability to escape into the enjoyment and entrapment of a well written book.
The other book set I am requesting is "Animal Farm". Not only because it is classic literature, but also because I believe that all of my students will benefit from it. Animal Farm's Lexile score and vocabulary is actually quit remedial, and yet the themes and satire are very mature and require great analysis. Therefore, regardless of the reading level abilities, all of my students will gain something from this literature exposure.
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