We are driven by our school motto -- Belong, Explore, Achieve, Succeed Together. I am so incredibly proud and fortunate to work at my school. It is an urban school in the middle of a beautiful neighborhood.
My students easily show the power and beauty of diversity.
There are no typical students here; there is no majority. They speak different languages, they are of different races, they worship different religions. My students have had a variety of life experiences that makes them unique today. They all need a place to belong, learn and grow.
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty and Long Way Down are youth fiction that pair beautifully for my 9th grade struggling and reluctant readers. They are novels that will engage my students and spark thought-provoking discussions. The entire class will be reading this book and directly applying specific reading strategies to help students better develop their reading comprehension, fluency, and higher-order thinking skills. The Lexile level of these books is very appropriate for my readers yet the book does not compromise access to the highly engaging content and quality literary techniques.
The themes throughout these books are very relevant to my students' lives and mirror many things they see and experience in their community which will allow for many connections.
Students will partake in Socratic seminars to help dive deeper into those meanings and connections. In addition, it is my intention, that this book will continue to foster curiosity and love for reading in my students.
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