This year I will be providing reading intervention to students with individualized education plans. My students are diverse and I would like to build a classroom library that reflects their diversity; with books that they can see themselves in.
Our students come from a variety of economic backgrounds with over 67% of our students qualifying for free or reduced breakfast and lunch.
Our school is one of the largest middle schools in Central Illinois, with around 1000 students enrolled. Our teachers and support staff are dedicated and caring. Our students are the absolute best and deserve nothing less.
My students need books to read that are high interest and appealing to a middle schooler. They need books that reflect their culture and allow them to see themselves as protagonists. My students are often reluctant readers because they are reading several grade levels behind their peers. Often books at their level are too childish or about topics that don’t match up with a middle schooler’s experiences. I’ve curated a list of award winning fiction and non-fiction stories that will appeal to a wide range of students. These books include topics that support the social and emotional development of middle schoolers and that will, hopefully, make them more accepting of one another’s differences. My students will use these books daily, during independent reading time.
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