I am a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, whose students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. We are a Title I school that is over 70% free or reduced lunch, based on their socioeconomic status. My students are diverse, ranging from special education to English language learners to GATE students.
My sixth graders are inquisitive, cooperative, and enthusiastic about learning.
They like to create, learn new things, and ask questions about the topics we are covering.
Most importantly, these students are allies, for the students who experience academic and/or behavioral challenges.
My students need more choices for class novels with characters and authors they can relate to in life. It is so important for students to be able to connect with characters and issues in books, and my students are eager for more books that are multi-cultural.
It Ain't So Awful, Falafal will encourage empathy and understanding for immigrants trying to fit into a new country.
This book raises really important issues about society, and current political topics that can spark amazing classroom discussions and debates that are relevant beyond the walls of the classroom.
I want the students to build both a love of reading and the critical skill of reading stamina. The more the students read, the more they grow their fluency level. It is so important to put engaging, accessible, and developmentally appropriate text in front of students.
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