My middle school students are the absolute best! They come to school daily ready to tackle, challenge, and explore. Although they come from all different walks of life, their commonality is in their love for learning. They all hold one another to the highest standards. Newberry is located in Lincoln Park community, however, the majority of my students are bussed from all around the City of Chicago. They know that as an educator, I always have my students best interest in mind. Although we have limited access to current novels, I challenge my students to always seek out opportunities and never let the notion of limited access obtaining materials hold them back! The majority of my students learn better with actual paper novels, in which they can annotate and physically hold versus electronic copies.
These materials are crucial to my students reading, writing, listening and speaking opportunities within the classroom and beyond. My students need literature that deals with real-world ideas, themes, and outcomes. These important issues need to be addressed! We need authentic literature in our classroom. Both of these titles will assist in bringing reality into the classroom and we will have open discussions that will assist in student understanding. Fortunately, I was able to secure 20 copies of each novel. However, 20 copies means that several of my students would be without copies. This is not an ideal situation for middle schoolers. By helping with this project, my students will each have a copy of these novels to use in class, so they can read to learn and truly understand at their own pace. This will improve their learning, and motivation as well. They will feel empowered and powerful because they can effectively contribute to our deep classroom conversations.
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