My students need a variety of engaging books that reflect their diverse interests - from graphic novels about hidden doors to nonfiction texts about immigration and boxed sets - there is something for everyone!
My 8th graders have been working hard and reading voraciously all year long. While the average 8th grader reads around 450,000 words, my students on average have already read around 350,000 words in half the school year. In addition to reading like crazy, these students are making growth like crazy, too. They show up, work hard, ask great questions, and will be our future leaders.
Help support this cohort of diverse learners meet the ambitious goal that we set at the beginning of the year by supporting their voracious reading habits.
Working in a title one school with many students with diverse learning needs means that my resources are limited - including my book budget. I'd like to keep great books in the hands of my students for the rest of the year and ensure that ALL students, regardless of reading level, have access to great books.
Finding books that you love and topics that interest you is crucial to staying engaged in reading. My students have all explored their reading territories this year and are learning that - even if they don't like a book - they all love to read something. Before sending these 8th graders to high school, I want them each to feel competent as readers and get lost in that magical world of reading. Students have pushed themselves to explore different genres and topics and have amazed even themselves.
By ensuring that all my students have books that engage them, I know that I'm fostering a love of learning that will stretch far beyond the walls of my 8th grade classroom.
Independent reading respects the individuality and autonomy of all learners and gives each student a space to choose their own adventure. Hearing students laugh out loud from a funny line, cry when something sad happens, or enthusiastically recommend a favorite book to a friend fills the school community with joy and a sense of pleasure in reading.
These books will help 90 students on their quests of self-discovery and support many students to come in their love of learning.
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