Our students come from a high poverty area. Many of them do not have the benefit of the written word at home, so they come to us with a deficit in the area of vocabulary. This is a distinct disadvantage to them since our state testing has some very challenging vocabulary in all three areas tested.
Our students attend a K-12 college preparatory charter school.
They come from three different counties. Our students come from different backgrounds. They are advantaged and disadvantaged. They are Hispanic, Caucasian, African American, and Middle Eastern. They come from families with both parents, single parents, and guardians.
Our state testing is always at the forefront of discussions. We really want all our students to do well. However we also look past the end of the year. We want our students to go onto college. We want our students to succeed in their lives outside school. These dictionaries will put our students on the path to their fullest potential.
Right now our grade level is sharing 22 dictionaries between four classes and 70 students.
There is no way that our students can discover the written word and the vocabulary necessary for life without more dictionaries. Our students are held to high expectations not only by the state, but also by the school. Our students deserve every advantage to reach not only the expectations set forth, but also to exceed them. Please help them to do this!
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