My students need books that are relevant to them. I've discovered that by placing books about young people in similar socioeconomic situations, they cannot put the book down. They also become better analyzers and avid readers.
I love that my students are always willing to learn new things and change into growth-mindset driven individuals. Although their surroundings are that of any other Title 1 school, they make the best out of seemingly nothing by coming to school everyday, working with their limited resources to turn in brilliant work, and by maintaining a positive. Their passion and drive for organization, accountability, and hope drives me to return year after year for them.
In the begging of the year, reading comprehension was a big struggle for them, but now that we are approaching the end of the year, they can read, annotate, and analyze grade level text!
In just 10 months, they did what was seemingly impossible. They have shown me that with diligence, positivity, and resourcefulness, anything is attainable.
Window books in the classroom creates readers. And window books are ones that allow the reader to relate to them.
In a low socioeconomic district, this is extremely important, because if the student cannot access their prior knowledge by relating to the text, it makes it more difficult for them to begin practicing analysis, argument, and persuasion; which are all objectives for this particular grade level.
We currently have 5 books in our class room library, and they are all books that have been divulged by these now avid readers. I believe that sustained silent reading is important to the development of the reading skill, and I wish to implement this in the next year.
With your help, my students will have the opportunity to excel at reading before they advance to the critical grades of 11th and beyond.
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