I teach at a Title I urban high school with an extremely high poverty rate. We are about 1/3 white, 1/3 black, and 1/3 Hispanic. We also have quite a few English Language Learners and special education students.
My students are at-risk teenagers and reluctant readers; they desperately need material that will interest and connect with them.
These students often choose to come to our school because they want a second chance at an education. However, we are sometimes unable to provide everything they need.
My students come from varied backgrounds, but they are "at-risk" and most are way behind grade level when it comes to reading. For years, my school has been working hard to create a culture of reading.
Having high-interest books in classrooms is a research-supported way to get students reading more.
My students are given in-class time every week for independent reading. Now, I want to make sure that the titles they want are withing arms' reach.
This list of books is curated from conversations with students and requests made by my students. These young adults need to drastically increase their reading abilities, and they will be more apt to do so if they are excited to open a book!
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