Help me give my students access to learning about these great people and places! I want my students to read about Malala Yousafzai, Maya Angelou, Che Guevara, Sacagawea, Machu Picchu and the Amazon in books at their level!
My international high school serves immigrant and refugee students from all over the world who have recently arrived in the United States. My students are from Somalia, Ethiopia, Oromia, Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Beyond adjusting to life in a new country with a culture different from their own, they enter our school facing the challenge of learning high school content in a new language while simultaneously learning that language.
Many of our students did not have the opportunity for education in their home country and lack literacy skills in their first language.
They come as eager learners, yet face many barriers to their learning that students who have grown up in a U.S. school system do not face.
I will be teaching recent immigrant high school students in an intentional reading class that seeks to provide explicit instruction around the skills each individual student needs at their own reading level. I need a multitude of books that students are interested in reading in order to build their skills and stamina. These students will be the future of Minnesota and I want to ensure they are competent in their basic reading skills to ensure they are ready to move beyond high school to further study in college and/or their careers.
Not only am I interested in improving their reading skills, but also in supporting their critical thinking skills in order to engage in society in competent and meaningful ways.
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