I teach middle school English Language Arts in a Title I school in Indianapolis. My school is a PreK-8 building, which gives students the unique opportunity to, essentially, grow up in the school building. My middle school students are energetic, creative, and eager to learn. They're at an age that can produce challenges, but through time I have witnessed such growth and courage in every single one of the.
Unfortunately, many of my students haven't had the best experiences with reading and writing in the past which has encouraged me to create a literacy-rich environment in my classroom.
In my classroom, students are encouraged to make mistakes and learn and grow from each other. I have seen them rise to challenge of becoming comfortable with the unfamiliar which has only made me more confident in their abilities.
These books will continue to enhance the literacy-rich environment that I strive to maintain in my classroom. These books are high-interest and relevant to the experiences that many of my students have had which will encourage them to stay invested in their learning. "Touching Spirit Bear" will give students opportunities to connect with a culture that may be different from their own, but, ultimately, holds some of the same values my students find to be morally imperative at heart. "The Hate U Give" will be used as a book club novel in an effort to expose students to the effects of police brutality in urban communities. Students will read this novel prior to viewing the film later in the year.
My ultimate goal is for all of my students to experience true growth in their independent reading and comprehension in my classroom.
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