My middle school students are bright and funny kids, and they often come hang out in my classroom at lunch to chat with each other and get work done. 8th graders are caught between childhood and adulthood, and it is an honor to see them slowly mature over the course of the year.
By the end of 8th grade, my students are beginning to feel the power of their own words and ideas, and are eager to use their talents to transform the world they live in.
Independent reading for pleasure is one of the best ways for students to develop a love for reading and to strengthen their language arts skills.
Choice reading improves both fluency and comprehension, and has a positive impact on writing skills.
The more my students read, the better they will do as thinkers and writers.
Unfortunately, many students do not have easy access to books outside of school. My classroom library now has some fresh, new titles in it, but most of it is cobbled together with yellowing older paperbacks and library discards.
Having shelves full of exciting contemporary books and classics would help inspire my students to follow through on their goal of reading for fun for 30 minutes a day.
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