My students need individual copies of Where the Red Fern Grows. My students read in English at a 2nd Grade Level. This will immerse students in American culture and allow us to experience a tale together.
I begin each day with Students in my English Language Development Class. This unique group of students enter my classroom each morning, from incredibly diverse backgrounds and support systems. My students are from Gambia, West Africa, Japan, Korea, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, The Phillipines and Mexico. Most are recent arrivals to the United States, having lived here for two years or less. A great number are here without their parents - living with extended family or family sponsors. Most are living dual lives - as adults working full-time, and as kids working to graduate from high school in the United States of America.
Reading and storytelling, for our students in English Language Development, is a critical link to the true acquisition of the Language Skills my learners need to graduate and thrive.
However, my students arrive here with often limited exposure to storytelling in the form of reading and writing - for many of my students - literacy-building was an inconsistent experience in their home country.
My students love to learn, and they love to acquire English. They love to feel a part of a new culture, and with the challenges they face day and night, we can help.
Students in my English Language Development Group, on average, read at an approximate 2nd-3rd grade level. Building reading fluency, listening, speaking and analytical skills are critical both to their goals of reclassifying out of English Language Development and progressing towards High School Graduation.
A class set of "Where the Red Fern Grows" will provide my students an opportunity to listen to, read aloud, share and interpret a classic tale of American experience at their proximal level of development.
Because the reading level demand is more manageable for the students, we can diversify the strategies we use to engage in the tale.
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