There are many writers today who have persevered passed learning disabilities. We will focus tomorrow on how everyone can become an excellent reader and writer. I will introduce writers who struggled as students, but now are successful writers. Many of these writers persevered through the encouragement of teachers that made a difference.
The first author we will discuss is Patricia Polacco, who struggled with learning disabilities and illiteracy until one special teacher changed her life.
Below is a link to the reading of her book, Thank You, Mr. Falker. The book is dedicated to the teacher who changed her life and helped her to become a reader.
Polacco has written and published over 60 books during her career.
Another author that struggled with learning disorders, but very popular with middle grades readers is Avi.
Tomorrow we will read excerpts from Avi’s and Polacco’s writings, read their bios’, discuss them, and relate their struggles to our own. Why is it that so many students do not feel confident in their reading and writing skills? How has that kept students from pursuing their dreams and affected their ability to achieve? How can teachers change that? How can students take control of their achievement and become confident writers?
My classes will explore all of these questions through reading, discussion, and writing.
I look forward to hearing my students’ struggles, and learning how we, as teachers, can help them persevere through the difficult times, so that they can always be striving for excellence.