I’m a second year English teacher to approximately 150 high school students in grades 9 and 10. The reading levels of the students in my classes are very diverse, as is their general interest in reading. I believe much of the reading reluctance I encounter is because engaging, relevant texts are not easily accessible to today's teens.
I hope to instill a love of reading by providing students with a variety of texts in the classroom, allowing them choice in determining which text to read, and creating an inviting space to entice students to collaborate about what they've read.
Our school does not have a media center or library, so the texts in my classroom could be the only printed material students see. I've been able to incorporate a wider variety of texts into my classroom with the generous support of donations made through Donors Choose. I hope you will help me continue to make a broader variety of reading material accessible and enticing to the students in my classroom!
So much of the school curriculum is dictated to students by the state, district and/or teacher. However, incorporating student choice is essential in order to inspire a love of reading. Just as each individual is unique, so are our reading preferences.
With your help, my students will experience their first book club, whereby they can select from a variety of genres, topics, and formats, read the text with similarly minded peers, and share their interpretations with one another.
Five book options were secured last year through generous Donors Choose donations. While students enjoyed the experience, they wished they had a wider variety of books from which to choose from. In addition, my average class size has grown. For these reasons, I'm looking to supplement our book club selections with three additional texts.
All of the book selections focus on different aspects of World War II. Students will prepare a summary of their new insights and perspectives in a culminating project, which they will present to the class. As a result, all students will develop a deeper understanding of this important historical event as well as gain broader exposure to different genres, authors, and text formats.
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