WH is quite a diverse district. There are families that have lived in the town for generations and families that just moved here, many from other countries. This creates a range of abilities, in addition to cultures, in the classroom.
As an avid reader myself, the goal is to facilitate the students' love of reading and building a community of readers in my classroom.
With their diverse backgrounds and abilities, the students also have diverse tastes in texts they read for pleasure.
One of the challenges to making students lifelong readers is offering them enough varied choices. These three books are different genre-wise than what is already available for the students to read for pleasure in my classroom.
Daily reading is important; it is a huge boon to their comprehension, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills.
The students are more likely to be reading daily if they are reading something that they picked and that interests them.
In a writing assignment the students completed at the beginning of school, many expressed a like of The Hunger Games. The Red Queen and Legend were selected as offerings based on this feedback from the students. Life as We Knew It was picked since none of the other novels we have are classified as science fiction and some students prefer science fiction.
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