I work in an inner-city school where students do not think reading is interesting. Students in my class struggle to understand the assigned texts and often give up shortly after we begin reading. The majority of my students read below grade level and struggle with independent reading. In my class, I try to create a bridge between the texts we read and our current society. I teach students that reading is active and in order to strengthen their reading skills they need to build reading endurance.
Many of my students feel disconnected from the curriculum and their struggle with reading is exacerbated by their inability to engage with, and enjoy the text.
My students are lively and animated and enjoy learning the most when we can bring a theatrical element into the classroom. When students can physically connect with the text they are more likely to engage in the lessons and classroom activities. Bringing tangible objects to the classroom and getting my students up and moving as we read helps them make the connections they struggle with while reading.
Please help my students engage in the classics! Having the modern and original text while reading Shakespeare helps students to connect with the text and draw connections with Shakespearean language. My students struggle and are apprehensive when reading in class; while reading Shakespearean texts, having a modern translation helps to quell student anxiety. These books will help them clear that first hurdle.
My students are most engaged when they have the opportunity to perform in class; providing props for them to use as they read will help solidify an understanding of the play's actions that they typically do not get through standard, seated, reading.
Having tangible items, like a king’s cape and goblets, to help them understand the characters and their motivations will help them connect with the text and create an understanding of what is happening and how characters are interacting with one another. The visual and kinetic stimulation will help engage students with the text.
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