My third grade students come from diverse backgrounds with a large number of students being English Language Learners. Our school is a Title 1 school where 82% of students have free or reduced lunch. These students are always ready to learn something new and want to be college and career ready.
Most of my students do not have educational reading material or access to it in their homes.
It is my job to provide students with resources and engaging learning experiences that are interesting and differentiated to meet each student at their individual instructional levels. I have seen students that loathe reading, turn into students with a love for reading. As a teacher, I believe I need to do everything I can to make a positive impact in the lives of my students.
My students who do not receive intervention services are in my classroom while I am teaching a group of emerging readers for about 40 minutes each day. The students who are in my room and not in my remediation group need to be challenged and engaged in independent reading. I am starting novel study groups for these students. During the novel studies, each student will have a job and task to complete in the group. Some of the jobs are: a superstar summarizer who will facilitate a discussion on summarizing the chapter read, an imaginative illustrator which will lead the discussion on what everyone visualized as they were reading, and a character analyst which discusses traits the character possesses based on textual evidence.
These books would be a fabulous addition to our library for continued engagement in our student-led novel study groups.
For students to be college and career ready, they need to be able to read different genres independently. By receiving these books, students will enjoy reading because they are engaging and within their reading level. If they enjoy what they are reading and find success, they'll do it more often. It is my hope that having students lead novel studies, they will not only learn from each other, but desire to read books they would not otherwise read.
These books would be used daily and rotated among groups for years to come.
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