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Ms. Feenstra from Lakewood CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Power of Poet X: Improving Reading Through Engagement

My students need Poet X because it a rare voice and perspective they can relate to and Poet X can help them build their reading, comprehending, and critical thinking skills.

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My Students

High School can be very challenging to students for a variety of different reasons. Between language barriers, mental health issues, familial issues and passing classes, my students are constantly dealing with a number of obstacles. Majority of my students are from low-income families and are English learners and have very little to no support at home. Often times, school is their safe place. School is where they get fed and place where they have the support (computers, internet, etc) they need to be successful. One aspect of my student lives that I find inspiring is that those who walk to school pass people who are homeless or in gangs and regardless of the problems at home or on their streets, these students are showing up to school.

High school is a very difficult time for students to figure out who they are and what they want to become.

In my classroom, I aspire to make real world connections to the curriculum in order to keep my students motivated and to keep them thinking about their future. I want my students to be global learners who believe in themselves and in their future.

My Project

Being able to critically read and discuss ideas are crucial for students to be successful. Unfortunately, most of the text available for students (especially novels) are outdated and written from a perspective the students do not share or care about. The Poet X will give my students a current and relatable text to help to not only ensure their engagement, but to help improve their reading skills.

I want to use Poet X because it is a voice that is not heard in any of the curriculum.

I believe it is crucial to hear a variety of perspectives, and being that my over 75% of my students are hispanic, this novel will "hit home." Having a narrator with a similar background, similar family, and similar issues is a teacher's dream for engagement. With most students below grade level, the engagement and curiosity will consequently improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Ms. Feenstra
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.51 35 $507.85

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