Some of my students have made it to the 11th grade without finding a passion for literature. The first hurdle they face is their reading ability. The second hurdle is "interest."
My role as their teacher is to develop their passion for reading.
My students are from working-class families mostly of Hispanic descent. Our classroom is made up of a very high percentage of free and reduced meals and English language learners. My students listen to the voice of encouragement that they find in our thematic units in our classroom. They are all too often hearing discouragement from their community and homes. I teach English paired with Intensive Reading, which is made up of students that have failed the state test (FSA Reading) a graduation requirement.
Extensive reading is the key, research shows, to these students increasing their reading level and passing the test. Furthermore, finding their passion for reading requires building a bridge between the students' interests and the content through which I deliver the skills necessary for success in English Language Arts.
Young people today live in a world of headlines and social media. It is my job to teach them how to dig deeper into the story’s and to examine the sources. What I like about the New York Times Upfront magazine is that it offers opposing viewpoints to some of the current event stories.
The New York Times UpFront magazine provides opportunities for a classroom to become a source of debate and questioning.
This inquiry will lead students to critique and or question the media sources that they are regularly exposed like Twitter, SnapChat, and Instagram. I know that my students will become more informed citizens prepared to participate in our society thanks to your support.
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