My students are highly intelligent, energetic, inquisitive and self motivated to learn. The majority of them, if not all, come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds whose families are struggling to make ends meet. For most of my students, their parents or family struggles motivate them to stay in school; they see the value in education and they want to pursue a higher education degree which, for many of them, will be the first college degree in the family.
Unfortunately for many of my students, their families economic background affects them tremendously in a way that puts them at a loss against other students whose families are well-off and who have more resources that will secure a spot for them at better or more prestigious universities and which will ensure success.
I am working hard to provide as many resources as I can to equip my students with competitive reading and writing skills that will help them be ready to compete against those more fortunate students.
My students are currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement English class and they are struggling with both, the quantity and quality of reading. They lack the vocabulary and experience with reading to understand concepts and make connections from book to book, book to self and book to life in general.
Allowing them the opportunity to read this book, which explains what sort of material to look for to better understand the concepts, characters and setting will give them strategies that will help them better understand what they read at the literal level as well as the figurative level and subsequently equip them with better reading and writing skills.
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