Help me give my students diverse books in which they see themselves reflected.
This project expired on March 18, 2020.
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Our awesome eighth grade students are "typical" teenagers. They have been burdened with so many distractions in this day and age -- from the usual middle school drama to cell phones, laptops, memes, games, social media, and more pulling them in different directions. Students come to class overburdened by after-school activities, sports, family obligations, and homework.
What they need is some peace and quiet and a good book.
Help our eighth graders become independent readers while providing them needed respite from the demands of their fast-paced world.
After making major cuts to the ELA curriculum at our school, including eliminating 45 minutes of reading instruction per day at the sixth and seventh grade levels, our school recently adopted the Teachers College Reading Workshop curriculum. This curriculum encourages students to read widely, selecting books that interest them rather than having a prescribed reading list.
Our classroom libraries are in dire need of more books, especially by diverse authors and including diverse characters and settings.
Our students need exposure to more high-quality, high interest young adult fiction in order to get the most out of our new curriculum. Since September, our students have already read more independent reading books than they have in previous years, and with that success, we need many more options right in our classrooms. Your donation will help our students succeed in reading more widely, by giving them easy access to the best new books out there.
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