Diverging from Dullness: High Interest Books Needed
My students need 10 copies each of the high-interest books "Divergent" and "The Maze Runner" to read in literature circles.
Rescue us from restlessness! My students are struggling 9th graders who read at a 4th grade level. Bored by books written for younger readers and frustrated by age-appropriate texts, many have given up on reading. We need high-interest books to engage them in literature and improve their skills!
Our city high school is a large one, with more than 90 percent coming from low-income households.
My students are enrolled in a special education inclusion class at our urban public high school. Though only some of them are receiving special education services, all of these students are behind their peers in reading comprehension, averaging a 4th grade level. At the start of the year, we discussed reading and many expressed that they felt books were boring. Since books written at their level are meant for junior high, it is no wonder that they are bored! A big challenge is to find books that are both accessible and engaging.
We are seeking 10 copies of Divergent by Veronica Roth and 10 copies of The Maze Runner by James Dashner. These novels will be used along with another novel we already have, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, to engage the students in literature circles. Each book has a protagonist who must not only fight to survive, but also fight to find his or her own inner strength. Though these novels are fantasy/science fiction, the characters do not rely on magic or technology to achieve success; they are empowered by their own abilities. Students will be reading the books in groups, sharing their thoughts, insights, and experiences as they journey through the texts. Literature circles build literacy and community as students connect to the text and to each other.
Your donation will more than just provide high-quality texts for these young urban readers, your gift will help foster a love for reading.
As they dive into the stories and discuss plot, character, themes, and connections, they might not even notice that they are building those crucial literacy skills they so need to improve. Your gift will help us build community in our classroom and, like the protagonists in the books, find our own inner strengths.
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