I know the best way to turn a reluctant reader into an enthusiastic reader is to put the right book in the child's hands at the right moment.
As an English as second language teacher in a high poverty urban middle school, I teach students who need some extra help in academic language development to get them up to grade level in literacy skills.
Most of the youngsters I teach come to me thinking they do not like to read. One of the most powerful things I can do for my students is match them up with books they do actually like to read.
I have the best classroom library in my school. With generous donations from DonorsChoose.org supporters as well as a lot of my own money, I have built a collection of high interest pleasure reading fiction books. There are some book series which I literally cannot keep on my shelves. Just as soon as a Wimpy Kid, Dog Man, or Baby-Sitter Club book is returned to me, it goes out with another student. Several times a day, a kid asks me for one of these books and is crestfallen to learn that although I own the books, all the copies are being read by other students. I appreciate your generous donation to help me close the gap for the striving readers I serve by providing better access to the most popular titles.
There is massive evidence that self-selected reading, or reading what you want to read, is responsible for most of children's literacy development.
Thank you for helping me provide books that even otherwise reluctant readers love to read.
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