Classroom Libraries Create Critical Readers and Critical Thinkers
My students need to read more, and they need to read independently. One way I can help them reach that goal is to provide them both choice and high interest representative texts for their independent reading.
Our school offers an advanced curriculum in science and math. The students in my English classes come from diverse backgrounds and diverse experiences. Therefore, many will need help accessing that advanced curriculum. Fostering growth in their critical literacy skills ensures that we can reach that goal together across the curriculum.
To be successful, students need to know how to learn, think, and even write with confidence.
Text rich classrooms and high interest classroom libraries help promote those abilities by encouraging students to read widely, deeply, and independently.
These books help create a text rich classroom for my students. I have chosen all of these books with adolescents and their interests in mind. I have also chosen books that capture many of the diverse voices and diverse experiences students can learn from by reading good literature. The titles include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir in recognition of the many types of texts students encounter, as well as the varied reading levels in my classroom. Finally, I considered titles recommended by the SC Association of School Librarians as well as titles my students have enjoyed over the past four years of promoting independent reading in my English classes. With this classroom library, students will be able to choose books which will help them continue to enjoy independent reading time and grow as critical thinkers.
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