More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Establish Teen Literacy Circles
My students need sets of 9 different books, like "Graceling" and "The Graveyard Book," to establish literary circles in my Grade 9 and 10 classrooms. These titles are the American Library Association's Teens Top Picks.
There once was a time where students in a class were told what to read. Today's students often resist this and are turned off by reading. In a world filled with plenty of distractions -- FaceBook, cell phones, TV, and more -- reading can be a hard sell.
My 106 students are all freshmen and sophomores from various ethnicities.
They are respectful, polite, and most of them enjoy English class the most of all their classes. It's the place where they can express themselves and learn to love reading. I am in a school where students plan to attend college. Many of my students have single parents and added responsibilities at home, yet try their best do the things they have to do at school.
Recent studies have shown that giving teen students a choice helps develop them into lifelong readers and also boosts reading comprehension. To that end I wish to establish literary circles in which a group of four students can all read and discuss the same book. The titles I have selected come from the American Library Association's Teen Top Picks.
In today's lean economic times, school budgets are getting slashed.
Schools are struggling to remain open, and staffed, so unfortunately, purchasing items such as new books is looked at as a luxury.
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