My school is a rural area Title 1 institution with majority students from low socioeconomic communities. They are 5th grade students ranging from ages 10-12 years of age. Although it's a low performing school, my students are willing to attempt the challenges of their communities and families in order to succeed. My students have limited experience when it comes to the places outside their communities or the world. The majority have never been out of state or past several county lines. Therefore it is difficult for them to make associations and connections to real world events.Through reading my students will visit places, know cultures and understand the dynamics of the wonderful world we live in.
In order for this to become a reality I need to create a classroom library that will foster their enthusiasm to read.
I want to take them places through books!
The goal of English language arts is to build students reading and comprehension skills. However, it is my desire that students develop the habit of reading to learn, and not just learning to read. I want them to become passionate readers. Therefore while I use techniques to help them learn to read and process what they read, they will enjoy learning new information and genres of literature.
My classroom library, as it was last year, is severely lacking in appearance and modern resources.
My upcoming students, most of whom I have already met will tremendously benefit from this initiative. At the moment I am unable to purchase all that I will need to create our reading space and so I sincerely ask for your kind and caring assistance. Thank you.
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