I teach 10-11 year old children who are hungry for reading novels and discussing it with their peers. After a year of remote learning, students came in ready to learn. My students have invigorated me this year. They began the year a bit timid, but have been blossoming because of the literature that we have read as a class. Now students share their opinions, questions and general observations without fear.
By providing access to a diverse classroom library, I hope to continue to promote greater amounts of reading, and more various experiences among the students.
I hope this will help them to attain higher achievement.
Since we are located in a low income neighborhood many students do not have access to book stores. It’s awesome to hear/see students reactions to a text and make comments like “I can’t wait to talk about this tomorrow “ or “Mr. Aguilera, why do you always stop reading at the best part”.
Over the course of the pandemic, manga and graphic novels have grown in popularity. It surprised me when I noticed the students created a wait list for the few manga and graphic novels I have in my classroom library. An inclusive and creative community began to blossom in my classroom. Students began to share their own copies and began looking for electronic versions of books.
The donations to this project will help the students stay engaged, energetic and curious about reading.
These requested materials will be put into rotation. Students will be able to borrow these manga and graphic novels. I want students to love reading and this year they have shown me that this is the type of literature that appeals to them both visually and intellectually. As the year progresses, I hope students will continue to read a book of their choice and feel like they are a part of a community.
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