We are embarking on a journey this year in my classroom where I want to include as much exposure to as many different kinds of literature as possible. I want to expose them to different genres of writing that will engage them as critical thinkers, and stimulate them to challenge themselves further.
I work in an urban setting, almost exclusively Latino, with a smattering of Koreans and very little else.
We are a high poverty, gang infested neighborhood where many of our families are first generation immigrants. In spite of the challenges there is a great atmosphere at our school site, the adults know and believe that the children can learn and excel, and year after year we continue to dedicate ourselves to making their school rewarding and challenging. The reason I am here is because I want to continue running my classroom in a manner which engages students, a feat which requires interesting resources to study!
During the year, as I get to know the students and learn their strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers, I begin to guide them towards appropriate literature. Although most students have many characteristics in common, it is also true that they are all different! Without a huge diversity of books to select from, it is impossible to help instill a strong reading life into the 100 plus students I see each week. With a strong classroom library, composed of high interest books, fiction, non fiction, poetry, etc. I can ensure that almost all of my students at any one time are deeply engaged in a book which they can then process through discussion either with peers or myself. There are many strong hooks in education that a good teacher regularly calls on to maintain student engagement, and as an English teacher the power of the stories in the reading library is an invaluable support.
If you donate to this project, it will mean that I will hear more and more kids say to me the phrase that Sergio said to me last year.
"I never liked a book before I read this one." It seems so cliche, but I was working with Sergio all year and he was a pretty reluctant student. To finally go through a literary experience with him that was so rewarding for him, and to see him eagerly awaiting being in a classroom was a huge affirmation for me.Read More
|Grade 8 - NonFiction • AKJ Books||$69.10||1||$69.10|
|Grade 8 - Favorites • AKJ Books||$62.95||1||$62.95|
|Grade 8 - Fiction • AKJ Books||$72.81||1||$72.81|
|High Interest - Grade Level 8 • AKJ Books||$60.46||1||$60.46|
|Grade 6 - NonFiction • AKJ Books||$50.66||1||$50.66|
|Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd Holly Black (Editor), • AKJ Books||$7.01||1||$7.01|
|Sticks and Stones • AKJ Books||$7.76||1||$7.76|
|Fallen Angels • AKJ Books||$5.45||1||$5.45|
|Forbidden City • AKJ Books||$5.07||1||$5.07|
|Northern Light • AKJ Books||$7.79||1||$7.79|
|Ransom • AKJ Books||$5.45||1||$5.45|
|Paper Towns • AKJ Books||$7.79||1||$7.79|
|Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in • AKJ Books||$13.22||1||$13.22|
|Tough Boy • AKJ Books||$17.96||1||$17.96|
|Julius Caesar (Simply Shakespeare Series) William Shakespear • AKJ Books||$7.01||1||$7.01|
|16 On the Block Babygirl Daniels • AKJ Books||$7.76||1||$7.76|
|10 Things to Do Before You''re 16 • AKJ Books||$7.01||1||$7.01|
|Not-So-Simple-Life • AKJ Books||$10.91||1||$10.91|
|Aftershock • AKJ Books||$5.45||1||$5.45|
|Ash Malinda Lo • AKJ Books||$13.25||1||$13.25|
|Anatomy of a Boyfriend Daria Snadowsky • AKJ Books||$7.01||1||$7.01|
|Bad • AKJ Books||$5.45||1||$5.45|
|Courageous Teen Resisters: Primary Sources from the Holocaus • AKJ Books||$24.91||1||$24.91|
|Ana''s Story: A Journey of Hope Jenna Bush, Mia Baxter (Illus • AKJ Books||$7.79||1||$7.79|
|Escape-Teens on the Run: Primary Sources from the Holocaust • AKJ Books||$24.91||1||$24.91|
|Extraordinary Debates • AKJ Books||$7.76||1||$7.76|
|Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI • AKJ Books||$7.01||1||$7.01|
|Hip-Hop U.S. History: The New and Innovative Approach to Lea • AKJ Books||$14.78||1||$14.78|
|Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease Jeanette Fa • AKJ Books||$15.59||1||$15.59|
Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.View complete list Show less
This classroom project was brought to life by Wasserman Foundation and 10 other donors.