Rooted in the heart of Tulsa, OK, our high school offers a pathway to earn college credit during secondary years. In light of the fact that nearly 100% of our students qualify for free or reduced cost lunches, this opportunity (to earn college credit) allows students to pursue higher education and consider technical careers that would otherwise be difficult to enter. In this environment, our students work hard and dream big.
When exposed to well-written literature, students often crave more.
One of my favorite moments last year occurred during our Shakespeare unit. When I announced that we would be watching the last two acts of the play at the time (rather than read it together in class), a student-led riot nearly erupted. They WANTED to read Shakespeare rather than watch the play.
Throughout this upcoming year, our class will embark on a literary adventure, one that allows students choice in their independent reading projects. Provided that the entire class will engage in this activity, it is necessary for students to readily access a variety of books. In this manner, students will be able to explore different novels, pick up a new book (once they've finished another), and share ideas with their classmates who've read similar titles.
In a world teeming with options, this classroom library has been strategically selected in order to pique students' curiosity and expand their ability to imagine, to dream.
By exposing students to relevant pieces of contemporary and classic literature, this project will foster a lifelong passion for reading that will persist well beyond their years in secondary education.
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