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I teach a self-contained third grade classroom in the South Bronx, at a Title I school in which over 80% of the students are eligible for free lunch. Of the many obstacles my students face in their everyday lives, perhaps one of the most detrimental to their academic success is the lack of a solid classroom library. Literacy is the cornerstone of a third-grade education -- it is the year that children move from learning to read to reading to learn. However, many of my students lack the basic reading abilities to thrive in school and the world. This lack of reading skills is compounded by the fact that many of these children do not have an adequate supply of books at home, and rely on the school to provide books for them. However, with the budget crunch facing schools this academic year, my classroom library has suffered. The students who most need a high-quality classroom library are being denied that necessity. My goal is to right this situation by significantly enhancing my classroom library. This proposal focuses on series books. Emerging readers are most successful when they are supported in their reading. Besides teacher and peer support, the text itself can be supportive as well. Series books -- with familiar characters, settings, and storylines -- provide emerging readers with background knowledge with which to decode the text. In addition, children connect with characters over time, coming to love the stories effective authors weave around them. This proposal includes over 50 series books that I have found very popular with students of this age. Children will enjoy reading about the antics of class clown Horrible Harry, created by award-winning teacher Suzy Kline. I have also included books in the Julian and Huey series, two African-American brothers who embark on many adventures my students will find fascinating. The list also includes the Golly Sisters historical fiction series, as well as selections from award-winning author Gail Gibbons, who has a knack for making social studies and science topics come alive. My students will benefit enormously from this influx of books. They will be used every day as part of our reading instruction. My hope is that this addition to my classroom library will lead to significantly enhanced literacy abilities and will uncover the joy in reading for my students, providing a solid foundation for my students' academic success.
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