Help me give my students a class set of a novel that both teaches a natural disaster and allows the students to feel inspired by the young characters as they fight for survival: The Killing Sea, R. Lewis.
I have a lot of unique readers who are discovering their love of reading this year. They include readers who struggle, experienced readers, and readers still searching for their favorite genre. At the middle school age it can be difficult to find a large selection of books. My goal is to find books that interest my students, offer them selections at many reading levels, and give them a chance to explore new authors and topics. Students spend the year exploring units such as Bold Actions, where the main character sets a brave example; Perception vs. Reality, how the world views somethings vs. the individual; Poetry, where the students read to be inspired and write their own; Biographies, to tell the story of someone who came before them and had an impact on the world; Dystopian, for those students that like to escape reality of every day life. These units allow students to explore their interests and offer them a chance to enter a new world. Each student chooses which book they will read for the unit and apply the valuable reading skills that come with each unit.
Providing variety in books allows the students more autonomy in their own learning.
Having a class set of a novel allows the students to be a true part of their learning.
My students love to be read to, but comprehension of plot, character development, and vocabulary acquisition are seen at higher rates when students have text in front of them to enhance this process.
Throughout this unit, we will take our time to learn about natural disasters, new cultures, and what it takes to survive. Students will be given the opportunities to both sympathize and empathize with the characters as they face hardships and pressure to make the right move.
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