I am proud to call myself a lifelong Brooklynite. I'm even prouder to say that I teach Language Arts and Reading to a terrific group of 8th Graders at a Title I middle school in beautiful Brooklyn, New York. Many of my students face challenges on a daily basis that most of us cannot even dream of, yet they are always looking to the future and for a better life. They know that with hard work and determination, they can make the world a better place.
Many of my students are behind the eight ball, both academically and financially. Yet, despite these hardships, they are still expected to meet the new educational standards that our country is embracing. They MUST learn about the world around them and nonfiction is one of the best ways to do that. One obstacle is the fact that most nonfiction sources are dry and not geared towards my students, who are fascinated by new and interesting topics.
For the past several years, I have used the "New York Times UPFRONT" magazine in my classroom.
As a result of this publication, I have seen the interest in nonfiction among my students increase dramatically, most specifically in the area of Financial Literacy. With past issues covering topics such as minimum wage increases, student loan debt, and poverty in America, my students are being exposed to topics that many are dealing with personally. In addition to articles that discuss timely Financial Literacy topics, Upfront Magazine offers many other actives such as graphs and other info presentations that enhance their knowledge of Financial Literacy as well.
Sadly, this magazine is simply not affordable to families that are struggling to make ends meet. I want to make sure that my students start the new school year off with this amazing tool at their disposal. I started to get discouraged, but then I remembered that there are many people out there who want to help others. Here is your chance to help! My students are bright, energetic, and ready to learn. All they need is a little help from you!
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