Tagalog, Urdu, Turkish, and Spanish are some of the many languages spoken by the children in my classroom. Our school is a Title I, inner-city school, where 90% of the children receive free or reduced-priced lunch. My children are extremely eager to learn and are very appreciative of everything that is given to them. They love coming to school and are excited to begin each day.
My students face many challenges in their daily lives.
Having the necessary materials to learn should not be one of them. The only way I can ensure my children are successful in their educational journey is to provide these tools to them.
All children do not like to read. Sometimes it takes being introduced to a different kind of book or genre to spark interest. Graphic novels are written in cartoon form. Some children do not even think they are "reading" when they have these books. I welcome the kids to put them on their reading logs and am always met with a surprise. "They count?" is always asked. Words are words and reading is reading. These books are a great jumping off place for kids who do not like to read, and hopefully lead to other types of books.
Having these graphic novels in our classroom will hopefully pique the interest of those kids reluctant to pick up a book for fun.
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