My students need 17 nonfiction books to help build necessary reading skills for nationwide and state testing.
With nonfiction reading having such a strong focus in our curriculum, I have worked hard to make our school's nonfiction the place to be. However, with no library funding it is hard to add to the section at the rate the students need. In summary- my supply is less than my demand.
We are a public school with just over 320 students.
Over 90% of these students receive free and reduced price lunch and over half do not have books in the home. I am proud to say that the library is a place they love to visit. On a trip to the library, you would see some lounging on bean bags reading, others doing research in our nonfiction section, students adding books to their reading wish lists, and much more. It is definitely a place that is excited about books! They truly deserve the advantage that exposure to more high-interest nonfiction would give them.
The nonfiction books I have selected are on popular topics that will catch students' interest. I have chosen the books in the library bound format so that they will last for years to come and be enjoyed by many. Teachers can use them in instructional lessons, students can read them for research purposes or just for fun.
This project is important because creating literate graduates starts in elementary school and is critical for our nation's success.
Students need to be exposed to nonfiction text in many teaching situations and in more than simply textbooks.
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