More than half of students from low‑income households
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Time For Kids/Junior Scholastic Subscription
My students need nonfiction reading materials, specifically TIME For Kids and Junior Scholastic magazines, to begin the school year with a stronger appreciation for current events. This will give them quality informational sources.
Students are currently struggling with informational texts. Mostly because nonfiction in the past has been narrative based. In the past, there has been a lack of quality-productive nonfiction sources in our school. Hopefully, not for long.
My middle school is a public school located in a low socio-economic community.
Students come in with very challenging environments that have shaped their beliefs and in some cases, conditioned their minds and behaviors to expect defeat. In my classroom, education is an equal opportunity for all to flourish and be successful. I refer to my students as "my kids" and I want them to be able to overcome the hurdles that challenge them and become stronger, more well-rounded model citizens. They are such a great group of kids and work hard to show that when the right teacher and instruction comes together, every child, regardless of where they reside, are capable of anything. I want to ensure that they have the best of the best, and that their backgrounds are just a shadow cast to the side of who they truly are. I want students to be conversationalists about current events and issues in our world and I think these resources will be beneficial towards meeting that goal.
I have sampled Time and Scholastic in the past and the kids were always very receptive to the quality of the content and were eager to learn more because of its relativity. I love that it's largely influenced by current events and the conversations that arise from reading the articles are priceless. Even though my students are sixth graders, I will put them up against any high-schooler. As we read and discuss articles, I will focus on improving oral language in the form of discussions (i.e., Socratic Seminar), in addition to writing responses to content read.
Nonfiction is the saving grace for most students in the Language Arts/English classroom.
Many children find it difficult to relate to the classics and can oftentimes misinterpret English as mundane and a waste of time. However, I have experienced a rebirth recently in the ideas of teaching and what we teach. It is my job to meet the students where they are and then build them up from that point. These materials are relative to their generation and will constantly stimulate their minds.
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