My students need 5 copies each of 5 books of a variety of different genres and levels for book clubs.
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Two of the greatest challenges facing teachers in the classroom are:
1. Finding relevant books that engage young people in a rich reading experience.
2. Differentiating instruction to meet the varied reading levels of the students in the class.
Multi-level Book Groups are a way to address both.
My school is a small arts and music-based public high school in Downtown Brooklyn/DUMBO founded in 2005.
It currently serves over 400 students in grades 9-12, with about 100 students per grade. We primarily serve Brooklyn but our students come from all 5 boroughs of New York City. 80% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
To really take ownership over their own learning, students need to feel empowered in the classroom to make good choices. When working with struggling readers who have little connection to literacy in their lives, assigning whole class text for them to read is not going to lead to a successful learning experience. Self-selection is the term I use to describe the process of giving students to opportunity to engage with materials that they find important and interesting to them.
The materials that I have requested here will present students with a wide variety of interesting and engaging topics from which they can select. Once they have selected the texts, they will form book groups (or clubs) with whom they can share the reading experience with.
This process also serves to empower them, as they feel as if they are getting to create their own learning communities within the larger class. Students of similar reading and interest levels,supporting and encouraging each other.
To narrow the achievement gap in America and create true educational equity, ALL students must be held to the same high standards of learning.
Differentiated instruction should not mean lowering of expectations. By creating a shared reading experience through the use of book clubs, students are engaged in relevant and meaningful learning experiences that foster independent, higher order thinking.
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