My students need multiple copies of 22 independent reading books to improve their literacy and love of reading.
As a young adult, did you ever read a book that made you love reading for the first time? My goal is to build and sustain a love of reading for as many students as possible by providing them with the books that they will enjoy.
I teach seventh grade English in an ambitious and successful middle school in a high poverty area.
With rigorous academic expectations, we regularly outperform our peer schools as well as city and state averages on state exams. Just this week, our school was a model for thirty principals and the district super intendant who visited to observe and replicate our practices.
Our school is located in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Over 90% of the students at my school qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. We have a great and constant need for resources.
My students come from all over the world; we represent areas from the Dominican Republic to West Africa to Bangladesh.
Our school fosters a culture of partnership reading in which we teach students how to select books that are on their reading levels and then allow them to choose what they would most like to read. In order for that to work, we need classroom libraries that are regularly updated with titles that students will be excited to read. Our students will read these books in school and at home. They will discuss these books with classmates and hopefully acquire stronger reading skills as they learn to enjoy the act of reading.
Funding this project will bring the excitement and pleasure of reading to over one hundred seventh graders in an area that, due to weak libraries and financial hardships, relies almost exclusively on schools to provide reading materials.
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