Making Learning Accessible for English Language Learners and Latinx Students
Help me give my students access to books that include their culture: novels and poetry written by Latinx authors and/or featuring Latinx main characters, English-Spanish dictionaries, and teacher tool kits to help reach English Language Learners.
Our school is an all girls 6-12 school nestled in the heart of Atlanta and is a Title I School where 99% of the student population receive free or reduced-price lunch. The young ladies are resilient, they are the roses that grew from the concrete. They are inquisitive, full of energy, and optimistic about the possibilities outside of their immediate and sometimes harsh reality.
Despite the barriers they may encounter, these girls walk into our front doors where there is a full staff waiting to nurture their potential.
We may not be able to control their home lives, however, we can certainly control their experience while at school.
We have had an increase of Latinx students this school year. In hopes of being as inclusive as possible, I would like to introduce novels to my students that feature Latinx main characters and books written by Latinx authors. These books include: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, The House on Mango Street, Brown Girl Dreaming, and Peluda. Students will read these novels and hopefully see themselves reflected among the pages. For my English Language Learners, the teacher toolkit book will guide me with effective strategies to make learning more accessible and the Spanish-English dictionary will be a resource for any student that needs it.
A classroom should be a safe and inclusive space and these items will help me implement culturally proficient methods to reach all of my learners.
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