Seventh and eighth grade is a special time. Students are worried about fitting in with their peers. "Does my hair look right?" "Do my clothes fit the current trend?" "Are my shoes the right brand?" "Do I do my math homework or go to football practice?" It's enough to make anyone's head spin! Top that off with low socioeconomic status and reading difficulties, and you have a recipe for low performance. My students haven't had a lot of the opportunities many children of their age have had, but reading quality books shouldn't be a privilege that only a few are afforded. My kids may say they don't like reading, but I believe there are no non-readers, only readers who haven't found a series or author they love yet. With a variety of books in my class library, I know my students will find a good fit that will increase their interest in reading, and with it, an increase in learning.
What if you never heard of Franklin Roosevelt or his fireside chats that helped calm a nation at war? What if you never knew the comedic stylings of Lucille Ball? Can you imagine a world where nobody heard of Anne Frank or da Vinci? What if we didn't know anything about the solar system or dinosaurs?
Biographies and nonfiction books help build academic vocabulary and bring the bigger picture of the world into focus for students.
Students need access to books that not only entertain them, but also help them learn about the world they inhabit. Every classroom library should be stocked with interesting nonfiction books that capture students' attention and teach them how the world works and how to find their place in it.
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