Help me give my students two class sets of the story Refugee by Alan Gratz.
This project expired on November 16, 2019.
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My students at James Monroe High School are 8th graders and part of our bilingual program, meaning English is their second language. The students have come to Rochester from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Although it can be challenging at times teaching traditional English Language Arts to students who are not even proficient in their home language, it is a challenge I enjoy and find purpose in providing new knowledge to my students. Many of my favorite memories stem from the culture that my bilingual students bring to the classroom. I can honestly say they make me laugh on a daily basis, but also have taught me as much as I’ve taught them.
The Rochester City School District is one of the worst performing districts in the country. As a dedicated teacher in the RCSD, I witness first hand the many reasons our district continues to fail year after year. Many of these reasons are out of our control such as parent involvement, student absenteeism, lack of motivation, etc. However, what we do have in our control is what we choose to bring to our students when we see them for those short 45 minutes every day in our classrooms. I want those 45 minutes to be meaningful, engaging, and exciting for my students. This, however, can not be achieved when we force our students to read texts that are outdated and have no cultural relevancy. We need stories that our students will be rushing to class for to read the next chapter because the story is THAT good! With these new books, our students can have that opportunity.
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