I began my teaching career in an impoverished rural community. Currently, I work at a Title I public school in the inner city. More than half of the students at my school are at a high-risk of meeting the minimum proficiency on state academic standards and assessments.
Most of my students are reluctant readers that lack the motivation and the desire needed to achieve the standards that are designed to prepare them for college and beyond.
As a reading specialist, it has been my responsibility to provide strategic and intensive interventions to students that are already performing at least 1-2 grade levels below their peers.
I want to be able to provide them with the necessary tools and resources that will help them foster a life-long love of reading while reinforcing their reading and writing skills. I believe that having these additional resources and materials will help to provide my students with an even greater opportunity to reach proficiency on our state academic assessments.
R.O.A.R. Reader’s Café (Book Club) will introduce reading to students as an interactive, social experience. The primary objectives for this project are (1) promote the enjoyment of reading as a recreational activity for struggling, reluctant readers in a supportive and stimulating environment, and (2) provide opportunities for these students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become life-long independent readers. A variety of activities will be incorporated to support students in meeting the goals and objectives of this project.
The technology devices such as Amazon Kindle e-readers will allow students to have access to digital/audio books, internet resources, and other interactive applications to enhance student creativity.
The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book will help to more easily develop my students into better readers and writers. The Jennifer Serravallo go-to books are short, engaging fiction and nonfiction texts by grade level that can be used for read alouds, whole class mini lessons, small group instruction, or used as mentor texts for individual conferring. One of the key requirements of the Common Core State Standards for Reading is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems is a notable children's book that includes sixteen poems that tell of love and the simple joys of everyday life, seen through the eyes of a child.
When students have access to books they enjoy, they’ll read and learn more. Creating a fun environment to read and discuss books is a great tool for fostering this goal!
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