Bring a World of Voices Into an Inner-City Classroom!
My students need 31 multicultural books at their appropriate reading level, from African-American folktales to Asian-American biographies, women inventors to Latina heroines and tales of contemporary American Indian lives.
For many of my students, their world is no larger than the high-rise apartment most of them live in and our school building, which is directly across the street. I teach 4th grade at an inner-city school in a very high-need community.
This is my second year teaching through the Teach for America program and I'm extremely excited to start up a Reading Workshop in my classroom. Though my students are staggeringly intelligent and jumping to learn, many are still behind grade level--especially in terms of reading. Reading Workshop is the perfect way to get them hooked into reading and to help them build slowly but surely up to their age-appropriate reading level. But...we have one huge problem: reading workshop requires a lot of books, and our classroom has only a few. What's worse, the ones we do have are inadequate in several ways. Not only are many at way too high of a reading level for my students, but also most are outdated and culturally exclusive.
My students desperately need books at their reading level that will expose them to the amazing diversity of experiences in this world. They need to see that life is not limited to what they experience in their struggling neighborhood, that wonderful opportunities exist for them all over this country and the world. The books I've selected will help them see this--and, in the process, inspire a love of reading that will push them up to the reading levels where they need to be.
With your help, my students will begin to see faces and hear voices they never have before, they will be awed by the variety of rich experiences in the world, and they will learn to love reading--not just because it is so rewarding, but also because they will see that they can be great at it too!
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.