I co-teach 6th grade ELA and Math. Our school has a quickly changing dynamic and I would like to provide reading materials that represent the emerging diversity in our community.
I believe it is important for students to have access to both "mirrors" and "windows" when reading literature.
Books that act as "mirrors" provide students with relatable characters, something that is easy to come by for upper-class, white students, but not so prevalent for minority students. Books that act as windows allow students to view situations through other's point of view.
I would like to expose my students to a more diverse spectrum of writers, protagonists, and storylines. So many novels are written from similar points of view and this does not provide variety or diversity in the stories students are exposed to.
Many students struggle to find reading material they can relate to.
In order to provide my students with both "mirrors" and "windows" in their reading experiences, I am looking to expand my classroom library to include books recommended for the diversity in their characters, storyline, or author. This will help meet the expanding diversity in our school community.
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