My students are incredibly diverse in both their backgrounds and their ideas, but they share a remarkable enthusiasm for making a better life for themselves and their world. Their energy is contagious and gives me hope for the future!
Many of my students are first-generation Americans and DREAMERS, hailing from all over the Americas, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.
The wide array of ethnic backgrounds brings richness to our classroom.
Though 80% of my students qualify for free and reduced lunch, considered an indicator of poverty, they are determined to create a bright future. They are dedicated to achieving their dreams in spite of economic and societal obstacles.
These critically-acclaimed young adult novels feature diverse characters and will empower my students by honing their literary skills as well as fostering understanding of others. Students will explore these novels in small groups called lit circles, engaging in lively discussion, reflection, and written analysis.
Exposing students to diverse characters who are portrayed in important, positive ways helps to create an accepting, peaceful society; Representation is empowering!
Many students say they do not like to read, but it only takes one awesome book to reel them in and set them on a lifelong love of literature. These powerful novels could make all the difference for my young readers -- they will be able to see themselves in the dynamic characters and situations, and hopefully fall in love with reading! :)
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