My students are an enigma, and I enjoy the challenge of figuring out the puzzle. We are a Title I school, and most of our students are from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and thus qualify for free or reduced-rate lunch. We are a racially diverse community. I have many first-generation English speakers. I have students each year who will be the first in their family to graduate high school.
Since most of them have been together since kindergarten, my students work well together, support each other, and argue like brothers and sisters.
These young adults are willing to work together to do what it takes to learn. My classroom is a great place to be!
As an ELA teacher in a racially diverse school, I want my high school students to have easy access to books from authors who represent them. Since I've moved up to teaching high school, I need to expand my classroom library.
Representation matters in literature.
I know that classic Shakespeare is important for my students to read, but it is equally important for them to read about people who look like them and experience life like them. Reading these books can have a positive impact on their view of themselves and therefore help prepare them to take their place as high-achieving members of society.
If this project is funded, these books will be added to my classroom library for any of my high school students to borrow and read as they wish.
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