My students are curious, thoughtful, and creative. They are identified in the AIG program for gifted and advanced readers, and they love the opportunity to read a new and engaging text and have meaningful discussions about the text. They especially love to debate their ideas with each other!
My readers devour new and interesting texts and come to me, asking for more!
My students often tell me that they're reading the same book for the umpteenth time because the books in their classroom library are too easy. Many of my students don't know which authors or texts are going to challenge them and be engaging. I strive to provide my students with access to a high level, thought-provoking texts that they will fall in love with through their reading group!
My students and I need access to texts that will engage, challenge, and teach interdisciplinary skills! My fourth-grade readers will use Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen to go beyond literacy standards to develop their understanding of personal finances and economics. My third-grade readers will read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park to develop their understanding of the vital importance of water worldwide; in the process, they will discuss sympathy and empathy and other socio-emotional skills as students experience the shock of the character's difficulty accessing water. Fifth-grade readers will read The Birchbark House by Louise Erdich to explore the unintended effects of Westward Expansion on Native Americans. The picture books will be used to read aloud and partner reading to support various lessons and units, including the novel units.
Reading is essential for all aspects of learning, and these texts will support my students as they learn how to "read to learn" in an engaging and meaningful way.
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