I teach language arts to a group of fifth grade students who are avid readers. When you walk into my classroom, you can see students engaged in reading varied texts at their levels while also working on refining skills that target areas of literacy, their learning plans, their communication abilities, and even their specific interests.
Imagine coming to school and being given a diverse set of tools and resources specific to your needs and interests.
It is an amazing space to be in and these are the opportunities I try to provide students with every day. I work in a school with a very high low-income student population in Chicago, Illinois. Many of my students have very limited resources in their own homes and are in constant need of ways to compensate for the things that they lack at home. Like all students living in the United States, my students hold the American dream of success but they just need access to the tools that bridge this possibility.
Reading literature that makes students think and engage in discussions of issues that are relevant and worthwhile are proven ways of motivating students in the language arts classroom. This is literature that will challenge their thinking and better prepare them for the rigorous literature that they will encounter in middle school.
Students need opportunities like these to have real novels, authentic books, in their hands so they can be read, analyzed and discussed.
Please consider making a difference in this group of students' lives by giving them access to an authentic piece of literature like Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.
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