Half of my students walked into the classroom this year new to our country and unable to speak English. They moved to Houston from various countries, including, but not limited to South America, China, Syria, and Africa. A vast majority of my class is considered at risk, both economically and academically.
Even though reading does not come easy for many of them, my students love to read and always get excited when they find characters in books that they can connect with.
Through literature, I want to show my students that women from all backgrounds can succeed in STEM-related fields.
The donated books will be divided between three SLA/ELA classes and will benefit every 3rd grade student at MWES.
Ask almost anyone what contributions Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking made to the scientific community, and most people would be able to give you an answer. On the other hand, when you ask about Marie Curie or Katherine Johnson, a vast majority have no idea who these women are.
As we all know, one chapter, one paragraph, or even one tiny sentence from an inspirational book, can change the course of your life.
For this reason, I am hoping to incorporate books about women in science into my classroom library. If girls are not told they can compete in STEM-related fields and are not given examples of women that have succeeded, they might not consider it as a viable option. By reading about women that have made contributions to the scientific community, girls will begin to see themselves as a future scientist and realize that the sky is the limit.
We read about Malala, now all the girls want to be brave. That was just one book. Imagine what your contribution would do for them.
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