Help me give my students access to poetry, non-fiction and resource books that will spark their imaginations, build their prior knowledge and grow their worlds. Reading isn't punishment, I need books my kids will love.
The majority of my students speak English as their second language which means that despite the incredible strides they have made, many still read below grade level. Most only received minimal ESL instruction and must persevere on grade level despite a significant learning gap. Yet they are avid readers and are eager to learn.
Although over 90% of my students receive free or reduced lunch, they are generous and giving.
They worry about me when I appear tired or stress. They organize trips together to the library to print papers if they don't have access to computers or printers. They share what they have and care about each others well being. They treat our school community like a family.
My students are voracious readers regardless of their reading level. My small class library is well loved and well worn. They like to recommend books for me to read, accept my recommendations and keep me hunting for a variety of titles to meet their curiosity and needs.
Our district mandated reading curriculum is amazing but my students find it incredibly depressing. Even some of my kids that love to read are overwhelmed by the very adult topics we spend most of the time focused on. I need books in my independent reading library that will inspire them when the curriculum does not.
I would like to have non-fiction titles, how to books, biographies, poetry and resource books that my students can turn to for enjoyment, knowledge and honestly a break from the stuffy curriculum.
I want my class library to feel like a cozy place that my students can escape into their imaginations. I want my kids that don't love fiction to have books that also inspire them. I want my students that are starting to learn about poetry to find new poets to love and emulate. I want my students that spend so much of their lives stuff in the five or so mile confines of the school neighborhood to expand their view of the world through books.
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