My students are starting off high school reading two or more grade levels below where they need to be to be successful. Many are English Language Learners. We give them interventions in reading support classes like mine to help them fill in the gaps that are keeping them from academic success. I want to make reading a source of enjoyment, not frustration.
Every day in our classroom, we fight a war against illiteracy.
Every time I can put a book in a student's hands I am inviting them to explore new worlds. Between the lines, my students can learn more about new ideas and about their own quest for identity. I have selected these books with my students' needs first to refresh my classroom library with books that will engage the minds of high school freshmen. I want them to love reading as much as I do, and it begins with the right book with the right student.
These books were chosen with input from my students as part of their wish list of what books or genres they want our classroom library to have. They asked for more books by and about people of color like them. Our current classroom library is full of well-loved books that are slowly falling apart. It also lacks books that deal with the reality of my students' lives on and off campus. I want more diversity in subject matter and in the authors they read. I want my students to enjoy independent reading. By revitalizing my classroom library I will reach more students.
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