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My goal is to instill of love of reading in my students while teaching them the essential reading skills and strategies they need to be successful in all of their academic pursuits. The upcoming theme for 6th grade reading and language arts district-wide is mystery/horror. I have had great success with my 6th graders using class novels as springboards for learning. My goal for the remainder of the school year is lead them on a journey through the genre of mystery/horror that will spark a special interest in reading these types of books, especially with some of my harder to reach students. I chose the novel The Ghost of Graylock because it is a recent winner of the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults award, and it is on the Florida Sunshine State Standard Book List for 2014. In addition, my students highly recommend this author, Dan Poblocki. They love love his novels, and I love incorporating what they like to read into my curruculum!

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Reading Enhancement

School:
Seminole Middle School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Deanna Russo 
Students Impacted:
114 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
February 22, 2015

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $356.67

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Goal

My goal is to instill of love of reading in my students while teaching them the essential reading skills and strategies they need to be successful in all of their academic pursuits. The upcoming theme for 6th grade reading and language arts district-wide is mystery/horror. I have had great success with my 6th graders using class novels as springboards for learning. My goal for the remainder of the school year is lead them on a journey through the genre of mystery/horror that will spark a special interest in reading these types of books, especially with some of my harder to reach students. I chose the novel The Ghost of Graylock because it is a recent winner of the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults award, and it is on the Florida Sunshine State Standard Book List for 2014. In addition, my students highly recommend this author, Dan Poblocki. They love love his novels, and I love incorporating what they like to read into my curruculum! 

 

What will be done with my students

With the set of novels, the students will study the elements of fiction, specifically mystery and horror. They will learn reading skills and strategies as they participate in many collaborative activities where they will be able to talk and write together about their reading experiences. We will use our interactive notebooks to respond to the text in many different and creative ways. The other items I am requesting will be used to enhance my classroom library. We have already read The Hunger Games as a class when studying science fiction. My students, even some of my most reluctant readers, enjoyed studying the novel so much that our school library can’t keep the sequels on the shelves. I would love to have a few copies of the sequels available in my classroom for them to read independently. The Scholastic Magazines would be used in my classroom to offer students a chance to interact with nonfiction text presented in a magazine format. I feel it is imperative to expose my students to text in as many different forms as possible for their success. Lastly the clipboards would be used in cooperative learning groups as I like to incorporate movement in my activities. The boards would make it easier for students to work around the room during some of these types of lessons. 

 

Benefits to my students

The benefits of reading a class novel are far reaching. There are still students at this age who struggle to complete a novel independently. With a common text, the students are able to look at the fiction together which allows them encourage each other and spark interests in areas that might otherwise remain unrealized. Avid readers tend to be more successful in all academic areas than non-readers. Fostering a love of reading at this stage could not be more important for student success. Adding the other novels and the magazines to my classroom library will offer more reading options for students as well. 

 

Describe the Students

My 6th grade reading students are primarily on grade level readers. They are hard-working, and the majority of them are high performers. I also teach two sections of 8th grade Intensive Reading. My 8th graders are struggling readers who scored below grade level on the FCAT last school year. Most of them are not reading independently on a regular basis, so keeping my library updated is essential for this group. Interestingly, they are often inspired to read some of the books my 6th grade students are reading based on projects and other activities they can see displayed in the classroom. (I love when that happens!) The items I have requested will benefit both groups.  

 

Budget Narrative

The book prices are based on the teacher pricing offered through Scholastic.com as is the magazine subscription. The clipboards are offered by a company called Sparko. They offered the best price. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Class set of The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki $112.56
2 2 copies of Catching Fire & Mockingjay $37.56
3 Class set of Action Magazine by Scholastic $187.00
4 Class set of 9 X 12 clipboards $19.55
  Total: $356.67

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