Fifth grade is an exciting time! My fifth-grade students are growing up in a busy city life. A majority of these students are first or second generation Americans and many are English language learners. As they experience their final year of elementary school, they are ready to explore and try new things!
They are eager to learn and thoroughly enjoy being immersed in new and creative ways of learning and hands-on activities.
With that being said, as their teacher, I want to give them the best educational opportunities I can and that includes providing them with the materials they need to succeed. As I learn more about my students, I learn more about their needs and what suits them best.
My students absolutely love reading! However, my class consists of a diverse range of reading abilities. We have readers' workshop every day and my students love choosing the books they want to read. Graphic novels are not always an option, but when they are, they fly off the shelves. Having these graphic novels available in the class library will encourage all readers, even my reluctant readers, to embrace and foster a deeper love for reading.
These graphic novels give my students a boost of confidence in their reading while allowing them access to classic books like "The Wizard of Oz", "Anne of Green Gables", and "Anne Frank" in an engaging and relatable manner.
In addition, the graphic novels will reach visual learners and aid in reading comprehension and vocabulary development. They can also prompt students to slow down in their reading and process comprehension by looking at the graphics.
By filling the shelves of our class library with graphic novels, students learn to embrace reading books of various genres and styles of writing while improving their literacy skills.
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