I teach emotional support students in grades 4-6 in a low-income school district. All of our students receive free breakfast and lunch. I want my students to have access to every opportunity that children in affluent districts have access to.
Most of my students read below grade level.
This however, doesn't deter them from working hard and dreaming big. In order for my students to be successful, I want to expose them to positive role models. This is possible by giving them access to books in which characters look like them.
My students love coming to school. We provide them with a safe place, where they are able to be kids. I want them to feel confident in their abilities, and I know that the books I am trying to give them access to, will build up their confidence, because they will be exposed to stories in which characters look like them.
I want my students to enjoy reading. Most don't because they are not very good readers. I think that if provided with materials that interest them and materials that have characters they can relate to, they will be willing to practice their reading skills.
I am looking to update our classroom library, and I am looking to add culturally responsive books.
Our students are mostly African American, and the books I have selected have characters that are both relatable and inspirational. I want them to have positive role models, and the books I have selected will provide them with both.
The stories have exciting messages, inspirational characters, and give them an insight in perseverance, hard work, and being proud of who you are.
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