My students come in every day with a thirst for knowledge despite the two-hour bus ride many of them have to take and the poverty-stricken homes they leave early in the morning. Many of my students speak different languages at home but are still expected to learn the same content as the native English speakers. Over 90% of our students are on free or reduced-price lunch, indicating that their family lives near or below the poverty line. Often not able to afford school supplies or study with their children, their parents work long hours to send their students to our school in uniform and ready for learning.
Reading is a struggle, with over 70% of students reading below grade level.
My goal is to increase their love of reading by introducing engaging books they will remember for a lifetime! I want to increase their reading level and send them to middle school prepared next year!
One of the clear differences as we advance in the field of literacy education is the expectation that students know, analyze, and evaluate genres which previously had been taught in later grades. Mythology, now being part of our standards in elementary school, opens up a world of exciting adventures for my students. However, we don't have adequate materials to teach it properly.
"The Lightning Thief" is a wonderful adventure story that will spark a natural curiosity about the Greek Gods and Goddesses.
The second book, "Percy Jackson's Greek Gods" will serve as an age-appropriate resource for students, and a source of informational text for our unit.
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