More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Stimulating Reluctant Readers
My students need books that interest them. They've chosen inner-city stories like "Always Running" and "Two Badges," as well as scary Stephen King tales, and celeb bios.
Some of my students have not yet discovered books that capture their imaginations. I asked them to imagine their favorite books. Help me show them the joy and power of reading!
My students are awesome high schoolers, but they don't read much outside of class.
I often hear from them that "reading is boring." In the seven years I've been teaching, I've taken many of those reluctant readers, gotten to know them, and paired them with a book that changes their mind about reading.
I'm finding that the books in my class library are either too high level, or not engaging my students. They may do a book report on them, but they struggle and do not enjoy the process.
Many of our students can't afford books on their own and may not have a safe way to get to the nearest public library.
Our high school is seeing great gains in the number of students applying to four year universities. I want to keep that momentum going and books that students themselves have selected are the engine that will keep it going.
I surveyed one of my classes to find out which books, authors, and/or topics they might be interested in reading about on their own for a book report project. The books we've requested are all selected by individual students - from the Bieber bio for my girl who reads many grades below grade level, to the Camus novella for my Philosophy Club - and will be read by them, on their own, for a book report project that they will turn in on the learning management system schoology.com. Students will be asked to summarize the book, use sentence frames to explain key scenes, characters, and themes, and relate the book to their own life. Students will have one month to finish the book, then two days in the class to write a rough draft response to their book, then two days in the computer lab to submit the report via schoology.com. They will be making a PowerPoint, a Prezi, or a video report about their book. It's going to be awesome!
A love of reading can change a student's life - and help them in every class.
It can open doors they did not even know existed. A teacher's library is where I first found a book I could not put down. I think it's critical to have a teacher armed with a powerful library to combat illiteracy. By adding books to my classroom library that are selected by students themselves, we will be adding relevance and excitement to the critical task of teaching reading.
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