My students need new choices for books including My Bloody Life& The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska as some of their top choices.
This project expired on May 9, 2016.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
By the end of this school year, I want my students to have a love for learning and reading that overrides any other bad experiences they've had about reading. I want to get them hooked on a book or multiple books and see their passion for reading come out; these books can hook them.
My students are amazing individuals who have overcome challenges in economic issues with a high rate of low income students, students with one parent households and a history of violence in their homes and neighborhoods.
But, this is not what needs to be seen on a given day -- you see students who want to be in a school where they are understood and treated like the hard working individuals that they are. They are passionate when taught how to love a topic and a subject that they can grasp and relate to. In my classroom, students are treated like my children and respected and comforted as if it is their home.
Our school is one of dedicated teachers and students and a neighborhood school that may not always be our student's first choice, but a place they eventually call home and find a part of it to love.
Each week my students participate in silent sustained reading where they get to read for up to 30-40 minutes, a book of their choosing. Each quarter, they are to read one book of their choosing - completing reading logs each week that help to reveal their reading comprehension and strategies and have discussions with their peers over their book. At the end of the quarter, they have a project to complete with a presentation so that other students in the class can learn about the books that they read. After our first quarter project this year, many students found books that they wanted to read from the presentations of their peers. They had meaningful discussions with each other regarding their books and were able to really enjoy their first books of the school year. I want them to enjoy their next choices as well, which is where this grant comes in.
The donations for this project will help improve my classroom by giving my students books that they want to read.
It will make them more fluent, more likely to read more books later in life and in general make their weekly silent sustained reading practice worthwhile as it is a book that they want to read and are not forced to read.
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