Help me give my students illustrated (graphic) novels that they can access at their current reading levels!
This project expired on December 12, 2019.
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One of my students is a 17-year old who arrived in February of last year from Guatemala. He left his country as an unaccompanied minor because there were gangs threatening to kill members of his family. So he left with a coyote (human trafficker), who dropped him off at the border and told him to fend for himself.
He had to not only survive with no food and water for days in the desert, but he also had to dodge narcotraffickers who control the waterways and land near the border.
He spotted several gallons of water in the desert as he traveled, but his coyote had warned him not to take them because immigration likes to put sensors under water and food as bait. He ended up being caught by immigration officials who sent dogs and a horse after him. He could not move after the horse bit his shirt and grabbed on.
Months later, after he had settled into school, he went to the emergency hospital because we found out he had a terrible kidney infection from drinking dirty water during his time in the desert. Thankfully, he has made a full recovery.
I teach mostly Guatemalan immigrants in my English classroom, and my ultimate goal is to instill a love of reading and learning for all of them. My students are allowed to choose their books for the 30-minute independent reading sessions each day. Sometimes we go outside and read in the garden, and sometimes I read with a student at my desk.
My students have a wide range of interests, and these books will inspire them to learn about various topics that they will hear about in their science, history, and math classes.
Not only does this help them build up their English, but it also helps them build up their content knowledge in all areas.
At the beginning of school last year, most of my students had never taken home a book to read, but as the year progressed, many of them found that they truly love reading, and some of them even asked me for books to take home over the summer break. With the addition of these high-interest books, my students will be sure to continue their love of learning!
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