Biscuit, Young Cam Jansen, See Spot Run; the list is endless. My students deserve to be able to dive into books such as these and enter the journey a great story can bring. By having these materials, I can help them be able to become independent readers, achieving goals beyond the pages in a book.
How would I describe my students?
Quirky, fun, loving, kind, respectful, motivated, energetic. My students all share the common quality: that they want to learn more and become something more. I teach in a Title One, high poverty school located in Lexington, North Carolina. We have a very diverse population of students at Charles England. The best part is that despite our differences, we all find a common respect for one another and respect the diversity in one another. Despite all of the other obstacles in their lives, my students show up each day with smiles on their faces, ready to learn and spend the day with me. I have so many goals and dreams for my kiddos and want them to want these same goals for a future many of them have disbelief in. I am doing everything I can for them, and with the support of others in and outside of the community I know that we can give these deserving students a bright future. I mean, they are our future, are they not?
My students need 7 collections of beginning readers and books in all genres. These books will help my students go from struggling readers to growing into independent, confident readers. My students will be using these books ALL throughout the day. You may ask "How is that so?" Well, we believe that it is important to read during any given chance during the day. That means first thing in the morning, during Daily 5, in between assignments, late in the afternoons, buddy reading etc. There are so many unspoken opportunities to open a book and read. I want my students to feel confident in their ability to read. Many of my past students have come into second grade very far from reading on grade level. Their confidence is down and motivation is often lacking when this is the case. By having books that meet their needs, my students can grow and become more literate, and then able to read beyond where they started. I want all of my students to know that they can achieve anything and everything; including reading that "super hard novel" one day. They have to start somewhere, and I need these early beginning readers so they have a chance to get to where I know they can end up.
These early readers will help my students gain insight that they indeed can read and comprehend a story.
This boost of confidence will be what drives us throughout the year. There is no telling what my students will have achieved by the end of the year! I am hoping for this great start at the beginning of the year and these books will be just what our classroom library needs so that my students' needs can be met in molding them into independent, confident readers.
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