My 52 students are full of personality and character. In my school, we practice looping which means I am able to spend two years with my students. I am very excited and lucky to be in the second year with this group of creative students. They have rich discussions about world topics and connect their lives to literature.
They are always excited to try new things in class and challenge themselves.
My students are a linguistically, economically, and culturally diverse group. They share their experiences to help support one another both emotionally and academically.
My students need both challenging text to engage with, but also culturally-responsive texts that speak to the diverse cultures of the community. Both of these texts will be centered around rich conversations for 6th grade students about the themes of education, poverty, and culture. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will be an anchor text for an engineering and design unit on wind mills to create energy. I Am Malala will be an anchor text for memoir writing project and will be compared to the story of William in the Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
These two texts will supplement the other culturally-rich literature of the classroom.
The students will be able to engage in higher-order thinking and the world around them. Students will be able to build background knowledge on the world and the power of education and finding a voice.
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