"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." Maya Angelou
My high school freshmen are students who need a book to not only read, but to love. They need to see that books can relate to them!
I teach some of the smartest, wittiest, brightest students you'll ever meet.
I teach in a Chicago public high school, and needless to say, the funds aren't available to order new books, but I don't want that to hinder my students' ability to read great books! I've got some book-lovers in my classes, but I also have many non-readers. Academically, they're far behind their peers. They need a book that's going to draw them in, that's going to speak to them in a way that maybe they haven't experienced before, and that's going to make them want to read more. They just haven't had the opportunity yet to discover the magic that a book holds. They're freshmen in high school, and they are still naive and excited about high school, and I want to give them the opportunity to enjoy reading while being challenged academically.
If my students received The Perks of Being a Wallflower, they would each have their own book. This may sound like a given, but in my school, we don't have enough money to buy individual copies; instead, each teacher gets a class set of book. All reading must be done in class, and this leaves little time for enrichment activities. If we received these books, the students will be able to read at home, and we could take our time in class to discuss, to reflect, and to analyze. Our unit is based on identity, and we could do many close reading and writing activities with this book. The main character in the book is also a freshman in high school, and the students would really be able to relate to him. We focus on theme, voice, and style, and if we had these books, the students would be able to read a book that deals directly with characters like themselves. They would be able to explore their own identities through the study of the themes and voices of this book.
Donations for my project would help my students to become avid readers!
This is such a wonderful book, and I know that my students would love it. If they find that they can make a connection to a book, that they can actually understand what they're reading and be able to discuss it, their view of books and reading may change for the rest of their lives! This book will help them discover their own identities while instilling a love (or just a like) for reading.
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