Although the middle school where I teach is between two larger cities, it is very secluded and sheltered. In fact, a great majority of the students have not ventured out of their area. We are a Title I school and serve free breakfast and free lunch to all students who attend. A huge majority of the 110 students are English Language Learners (ELLs) and are either first or second generation Americans. This creates extra challenges to ensure that all students receive differentiated instruction to order to meet their needs.
Since my students do not have access to a library, we need various books so they can have access to independent reading.
My students were self-proclaimed haters of reading - UNTIL they met me. With your help, I was able to purchase several sets of classroom novels revolving around social issues - both local and worldwide issues. They were hooked.
Now, they need books they can check out and take home to read independently.
These books will be used for years to come.
Can you imagine living in an area and not having access to a library? What about living in a house without any type of reading material? That's what life is like for my students.
They have built up an appetite for reading and now I need help feeding their hunger.
I have carefully self selected over 48 titles of books that revolve around different types of social justice themes from Urban Underground to reading about teenage service projects to classics such as Go Ask Alice. Each title has something my students can connect to. There are books about different types of families, drugs and alcohol addiction, to the discussion of bullying within school groups.
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