My students are awesome kids who love biotechnology! I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from diverse backgrounds. The school serves over 1,000 students; most of our students receiving free or reduced lunch. Though the students I serve are underprivileged; they work hard to overcome the stigmas attached to them from their backgrounds and up-bringing. Though their love for learning is high; they face many challenges. One is the ability to read for understanding. My students love the subject matter; but struggle with literacy. It is tough for them to comprehend and process some of the topics that we study by means of reading articles and completing research.
I also serve a high immigrant population, with many refugees.
Imagine moving into a country where you don't know the language and then facing the stress of having to learn the subject matter and do well. Some may have never had a formal education experience. They all want to learn and this project is a tool that will make them successful by including literacy, a necessary tool for future success.
Our class goal is to increase literacy amomg all of our students. My students struggle to read for understanding. This project will help give my students reading practice with an exciting novel related to our biotechnology curriculum. The Hot Zone will take our students to the beginning of the spread of two viruses here in the United States. We will then examine current events relating to the issues explored in the novel and write about our findings. As a result, our students will be inspired to read in and out of the classroom. By donating to this project; you are helping to give my students the gift of literacy.
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