At heart, my students are just like middle schoolers anywhere in America. They want to fit in. They want to have friends. They want to be able to express their identities. They are excited about learning but complain about homework. They want to succeed.
And yet, my students struggle with issues that many other students their age do not.
Roughly 80% of them are English Learners, whether they were born in the U.S. or they have just moved here. Nearly 90% of them live in poverty. They experience racism and classism far too often and are grossly underestimated by many members of the surrounding community.
This project will provide my beginning French students with a French novel that is easy to comprehend. It is a short novel about a boy who desperately wants a dog until he realizes what a big responsibility it is.
Through reading this novel, students will gain confidence in their ability to learn and understand French.
They will be amazed by how much of the story they can understand, even in their first semester of French class.
This package will also make teaching easier, as it includes vocabulary practice and reading comprehension questions along with additional activities. I will be able to focus on instruction and classroom management, rather than recreating activities to accompany the novel.
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