My students are a diverse group of sixth graders. As the oldest grade in our school, they are navigating their final year in elementary school while looking ahead to middle school. They are enjoying being the student leaders of the school, but they know that the end of this year brings new beginnings in new environments.
My students have backgrounds that range from poverty to privilege, English only speakers to English language learners, those who have spent their whole life in one place to those who have lived all over the world.
While not oblivious to their varied backgrounds and experiences, they do not allow their differences to divide them. They work together as learners and peers to create, collaborate, and problem solve.
Voracious readers need books to sustain them, and with the right book, any student can become a voracious reader. The right book is a book that will make someone think and feel deeply, ask questions, and examine how they view and interact with the world.
Good books allow us to increase our knowledge about the world and other people, experience things we have not yet imagined, and build empathy through journeying alongside a character.
Books, and the experiences held within them, allow us opportunities we might not otherwise have and can remind us that we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings. Ultimately, the right books can help us to become better citizens of the world.
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