My high school kids continuously amaze me by how much they grow as readers when they have the right books in their hands! At the beginning of last year (my first year of teaching), many of my senior students would not have identified themselves as people who love to read.
After teaching The Hate U Give, however, so many of my kids said, "Miss!
I feel just like I'm watching a movie in my head when I read along!" This is the joy and love of reading that I want to continue bringing into the classroom with your help!
As I head into my second year of teaching, I am inspired and motivated to help my students build a stronger sense of their reader identity. Many of my students last year struggled to see themselves as readers until they had the right book in their hands. During our unit on The Hate U Give, students had to think critically about issues that are relevant in their own communities. This was a turning point for many of my senior students in 1) starting to see themselves as readers and 2) experiencing the power of literature firsthand.
Providing ELL students with texts that have challenging themes AND accessible language is part of giving our most vulnerable population an equitable education.
This coming year the ELL group in my classroom will have doubled and we need resources to provide our students with books that are accessible for them and can kick-start their love of literature. Thank you for considering and supporting our project!
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