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Our goal is to increase student engagement with fictional and informational texts with real world relevance in order to help progress student literacy.

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Scholastic Magazines for ELA & Journalism

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School:
Bay Point Middle School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Jessica Snell 
Students Impacted:
140 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
September 23, 2014

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Suncoast Credit Foundation & The Pinellas Education Foundation - $433.50

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Goal

Our goal is to increase student engagement with fictional and informational texts with real world relevance in order to help progress student literacy.  

 

What will be done with my students

Both Scholastic Scope and Junior Scholastic offer grade level appropriate texts aligned to common core standards that focus on current events and issues. Subscription to these magazines gives teachers access to numerous resources such as lesson plans, graphic organizers and much more. These texts are used in English Language Arts to promote real-world literacy while capturing student engagement. In Journalism, these magazines serve as exemplary writing for student journalists while giving them access to current events in a grade level appropriate text. 

 

Benefits to my students

English Language Arts students benefit from the exposure to a wide variety of interesting informational texts, therefore promoting literacy in the real-world while simultaneously meeting state standards. Journalism students benefit from being able to work with current event texts that they are able to understand and model their own writing after to promote their literacy as student journalists.  

 

Describe the Students

Roughly 65% of my students are low performers on standardized tests, scoring a 1 or 2 on FCAT 2.0. What I hear from both my English Language Arts and Journalism students is that they don't enjoy reading, whether fictional or informational. In the past, the use of these magazines in the classroom has greatly increased student engagement. For my population of students, finding something that they are interested in reading is a large part of the battle.  

 

Budget Narrative

To keep the budget low, I have chosen only two of the many resources offered by scholastic and only 25 copies for each subscription.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Scholastic Scope (Monthly Class Set Subscription) $224.75
2 Junior Scholastic (Monthly Class Set Subscription) $208.75
  Total: $433.50

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