My students need 80 copies of Daniel's Story to help boost reading levels and to learn about the Holocaust!
Help our students read! Our kids are excited to learn about the Holocaust and improve their reading levels, and there are amazing Holocaust novels available, but there just aren't enough of these books to go around at our school! We would love to have a class set of books we can read this year!
My students come from a high poverty inner city neighborhood and they have incredible stories to tell.
With their stories, they can immediately connect to texts that deal with trauma, violence, and discrimination. We are a Title I school in California lacking basic supplies - Many of our students don't even have pencils to bring to class every day. Despite this, however, our students understand the importance of reading and are eager to boost their reading levels and master the necessary standards, but often are frustrated by the stories in the textbook that they find irrelevant or too hard.
Last year, when I asked my students, "Who knows what the Holocaust was?" not ONE student raised their hand. Shocked, I dove into a unit to read stories from the Holocaust and to learn about the devastating history. My students were all fascinated and excited to learn more - but the novel we had available to distribute to our students was too easy and uninteresting. This year, with a unit based around Daniel's Story, a vivid novel about a boy's experience of the Holocaust, we will be able to engage students interest without losing momentum and use their excitement to boost reading levels and connect emotionally to the text!
Many of our students are reading at many levels below their grade level.
To hear these students say things like, "I want to read more!" or "This is an interesting book." is incredible and exciting. If we had these books available to teach in our classes, it would open up an entire unit that explores an important historical tragedy and help our students engage with reading interesting texts.
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