I know it's not Spring yet, but in my classroom we are already growing...READERS! My class becomes more and more interested in reading each day. However, our classroom is lacking books that are appropriate for each student's reading level. Can you help us grow successful readers?
My student are a wonderful group of children.
They are African American children from the city of Ferguson. Most of them are from low income families, reading below grade level and have recently had to experience two episodes of rioting that happened literally in their back yard.
Our school has been a safe haven for some of our students to get away from all that is happening around them.
My classroom uses the framework of Reader's Workshop, which emphasizes the interaction between readers and text. Students learn to ask questions, make connections with prior knowledge and previously read texts. During Reader's Workshop we have peer conferences and teacher conferences with students, but emphasizes students' independence and allows them to become successful readers outside of the classroom.
This is where the leveled classroom library becomes extremely important because students choose "good fit" books that will help them practice their individualized reading strategies they are working on. We will use these books to add to our class library, which currently lacks the lower level, high interest books needed to assist the students in becoming successful, independent readers.
This project will allow me to differentiate my reading instruction and provide books that are on level with my students reading abilities.
This will allow my students to be successful in their reading, build confidence in themselves as a reader and provide the right amount of rigor to challenge them to further their reading abilities. The goal is to close the gap in their reading so when they move on to the next grade level they are on or near the appropriate reading level.
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