My students are very optimistic children who enjoy learning despite hard times and situations. Most of the students at our school are from the inner city. They are from one of the most impoverished areas of our state.
Even at a young age, these kids have to face the difficulties and stress of financial insecurity, school budget cuts, and limited resources as a result.
Many of them are also from a different country and therefore encounter language and social barriers. To combat this, we emphasize the importance of community. This was demonstrated when we grew vegetables in the classroom to help the parents' budgets. Not only did this project provide an inexpensive alternative to using money for groceries, but it initiated conversation among the children and other members in their community. It brought out the enthusiasm to help the people they love and displayed the innate warmth existing within them.
All we want is to connect our children with real-life topics, since we don't have the resources to take them on field trips. You may be thinking so what? Why nonfiction is so important?
Common Core standards are addressing the need to have our students exposed to 50% nonfiction and 50% fiction.
Nonfiction is the backbone for background knowledge which account for 33% of reading achievement. Nonfiction helps develop the ability to understand more complex texts. After reading, the students write a short essay about different topics. For this task, we need a printer, plus ink. Children have the opportunity to learn typing skills along with graphics, text features, and other skills necessary for today's challenges in the workforce. At the end , students print and published their work. The pride they take in their final work is worth a million dollars!
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