My students need books they can relate to and that will inspire them to read. They need 12 copies of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."
"Man often comes what he believes himself to be." Mahatma Gandhi
I work with special education students at a high school, 75% of my students are Hispanic and 75% are male.
Our high school serves the largest population of students with free and reduced lunches. I would describe my students as resilient. My students completed an assignment that detailed their learning history, I have come to understand many of my students don't like school because of the experiences they have had in school up until now. Most of the time my students do not have access to the curriculum because of their disability and language barriers. Instead of praise and support, my student often are ignored or labeled as lazy. I am working hard to change my students perceptions of themselves and introduce them to the world, critical thinking and their potential through literature. My students are capable of success and it is my goal to create an environment that will inspire success in my classroom.
None of my students like to read, but it is an essential skill for them to have when they enter the world. My hope is to introduce students to literature they find engaging and can relate to. Right now we are reading "Freedom Writers". My students are highly engaged in the book and have even asked to take the book home to read. The students can relate to the book because the story talks about experiences they are familiar with: gangs, ethnic tensions, immigrant experiences and being treated as outsiders. I want to expose the students to more literature they can relate to. I have found when the students are engaged in literature they can relate to they are more apt to think critically and write.
My students have the opportunity right now to learn the reading skills they need to be successful.
The success of our English class can already be measured, one student in my English class missed 14 out of 35 class periods last year in his regular English class. That same student has only missed 1 of my English classes and it was because he was sick. I want to continue to provide my students with literature they can relate to and build upon the success they have already had in the class.
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|The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon||$11.42||12||$137.04|
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