My students need 245 tickets to 'He Named Me Malala'.
This project expired on November 18, 2015.
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My students face challenges, but their's pale in comparison to those of so many others around the world.
The majority of the 225 eighth grade students at our Title I school in Arizona come to my classroom with below average literacy skills, as 98% of the students in my district are second language learners.
The respectfulness and enthusiasm my students have for learning makes teaching them a calling, not a job. They learn quickly, but they have so much catching up to do since they started their school careers from behind. They are still held accountable to meet the same academic standards as their peers who come from communities with the advantages of technology resources and English-speaking models. And with the new Common Core standards, the rigor of 8th grade is even higher. My students are expected to 'Read like detectives and write like reporters.'
Literacy improves through a variety of experiences. Students have difficulty when reading and writing about subjects they know nothing about. The more exposure they have to life outside of their own surroundings, the more understanding they have when reading different texts and writing about them.
Learning about the educational experience of Malala and children their age around the world will result in an even stronger appreciation for what is available to them here in the United States, as well as showing that they can be agents of change.
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