My students are primarily freshmen and sophomores, and most of them don't like reading. As an English class, we are trying to make reading more enjoyable for students by switching up their text options for in-class reading. They are an eclectic group in many ways, and I need interesting texts to fit their interests and grab their attention.
Our school is a magnet school made up of students who come from a long list of surrounding towns, but there is also a large percentage of inner-city students.
My students do not have access to a school library, and in order to find what they enjoy reading, they need reading materials. I want my students to have the opportunity to read texts of their choice at the beginning of class so they can make connections between their books and the texts we are reading together in class.
I want my students to have a wide variety of genres and authors from which to choose, and I think exposure to as many texts as possible will only foster their appreciation of reading.
Essentially, my hope is to provide more poetry, Spanish, non-fiction, and graphic novels for my students who are just getting into reading. I have many students from urban areas who come from Spanish-speaking homes. Some of my students are just beginning to learn English. I hate to see them frustrated because they have so much trouble translating in their heads. I'm afraid that they will become so upset that they will start to hate English.
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