My students are wonderful! They are English Language Learners, most of which have only lived in the United States a year or two and yet they don’t see the language barrier as a problem, just another challenge to overcome. They live in a low income community and are educated in a Title I school. As immigrants and preteens, they have unique viewpoints and opinions on everything. They are kind, thoughtful and extremely motivated. They love technology and anything "on trend" (Those are their words, not mine.)
The introduction of graphic novels to our class library is crucial. As ELL learners, my 5th graders have a wide margin of reading levels.
Graphic novels are not only high interest books but they close the reading level gap between learners.
Often lower readers or non-English speakers are embarrassed to get appropriate books, graphic novels allow them to follow the story and practice reading strategies without having to rely on the words. At the same time, the graphic novels I have chosen have high reading levels and content to accommodate the high flyers.
I have chosen both fiction and nonfiction. Many of the fiction titles are adaptations of chapter books. I choose these intentionally. These titles are gateway books to get my students more comfortable with the text version of these stories.
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