My students need a class subscription to Scholastic News in order to enhance their comprehension of nonfiction text, and to motivate them to read for a real purpose!
As an adult, there are a hundred different reasons why we pick something up and start reading every day. Students have a tendency to think the only purpose to reading is that someone told them they had to! I want to motivate my kids to read nonfiction in an authentic way!
They don't all come from the best circumstances, but once they walk through the doors of our school, they know they are safe and taken care of.
We are a Title I funded school that has universal free lunch and we also provide all students with a free breakfast each morning. Our school has wonderful partnerships with the community in order to provide our inner-city students with all the opportunities they need to become successful citizens. My students love to learn. They love experiencing new things. My students are incredibly engaged by technology and come to school each day excited to learn with their classmates and teachers!
I see this subscription to Scholastic news being used as a wonderful tool to motivate my students to read more nonfiction based text for an authentic reason. Many of my students think they should only read because someone has told them to. Yet, every single one of them would love to debate with me and classmates on current events and social topics. They haven't quite realized that there are so many more reasons to pick something up and spend a little time reading! We are in a new age of technology, and I don't want my students to forget the joy that can come from picking up a newspaper, or magazine, or book and finding out something new about the world they live in.
I see my students benefiting greatly from this subscription.
Having these materials will increase their motivation, engagement, comprehension, and their ability to knowledgeably discuss what's happening in our world. It will also remind students that reading can be fun!
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