My students live in a small city, which has high poverty and crime rates. Most of my students are from Puerto Rico; some arrived a couple of years ago but many have come within the last year after they were displaced by the hurricane. They are in ninth grade and are engaging in a rigorous college- and career-preparatory program in the hopes that they can become the future leaders of this community.
Research has shown that second language acquisition is much easier when students are literate in their first languages; thus, my emphasis on building both native language literacy and English literacy.
I want my students to be able to learn from the written word and to be educated consumers of information.
My students are mostly from Puerto Rico and have moved to Massachusetts within the last year. They are trying to build new lives for themselves. As I work in a district with limited resources, I have the basics in my classroom but nothing more to offer students.
Due to the circumstances under which my students came to the United States, many of them are unable to purchase items that they need to learn.
Therefore, I will be supplying students with highlighters, markers, notebooks, index cards, etc. to help them build successful academic habits. These supplies will help students engage with texts and develop their writing skills.
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