My students need engaging and appropriate reading material to help develop their literacy skills and foster their love of reading. The books listed here were chosen through student interest surveys and requests.
I teach English Language Arts to three classes of bright, ambitious, witty, and kind sixth graders in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. My students are diverse learners from a variety of different countries, and bring their knowledge of multiple languages and cultures into the classroom. My sixth graders are always ready to take on challenges and show their personal best effort every day.
In our community, it is often difficult for students to attain access to materials, like the internet, books, and supplies.
Yet, the stakes have never been higher for our students to improve their literacy and skills with technology. My students are aware of this, and come to school motivated to learn and grow.
The students in my classes have incredibly diverse reading abilities and interests, but my school does not have a library or media center available to them. I am responsible for funding my classroom's library, and my books are the only options for students to choose from. I have borrowed a number of books from other teachers, but the titles that I currently have do not match the reading levels of all learners. Additionally, many of my students do not live in close proximity to a public library, making it more difficult for them to attain public reading materials.
I am seeking funding to build a library that invites readers of all levels to build their literacy skills.
My students' Lexile scores range from Beginning Reader to over 1200, meaning that, while I have some students reading at the 8th or 9th grade levels, I have other students that are still struggling to sound out simple words (some of which are in my "Fundamentals of Reading" enrichment course). Additionally, I have several English Learners and students with special needs that rely on our classroom books for building their skills.
Please help me build the fun, inviting, and FULL classroom library that I have been envisioning!
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