I work at a diverse, urban Title I school in Louisville, Kentucky; our students are African American, white, Hispanic, and from other races. We have many students who are learning English as a second language. Our school is in an area with high poverty. More than 93 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
All the students I work with are struggling readers and writers; however, despite their struggles, they are eager to learn and work hard each day.
My students face many barriers to academic success, but it is my goal to help them succeed and reach proficiency.
My students often learn to read leveled books confidently and fluently, but then don't realize they can also read the picture books in other classrooms, in the library, or at home. Incorporating these familiar picture books into our lessons will help to bridge this gap.
Reading books with relatable stories and familiar characters like Little Critter will engage my students during our lessons, but more importantly, as my students see these books and other similar titles outside of our classroom, for the first time they will be able to read a variety of books with confidence.
My students will love to finally be reading the books that all of their friends are reading!
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