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"Cailin is fantastic!" Those are the first words one of her supervisors used to describe her. We're sure you'll agree by the time you finish reading this post.
Cailin Trinh is a freshman at UC Berkeley and tutors with the Bears United in Literacy Development (BUILD) program through the Cal Corps Public Service Center.
Given the task of building her middle school students’ vocabulary, she found her students getting bored with her tutoring sessions. “Because they couldn't make a connection,” said Cailin, “they didn't seem to be interested.” So rather than continuing to work on drills and flashcards, Cailin purchased a book that her students could relate to deeply. Her students jumped at the opportunity to read text that was aligned with their own lives and neighborhoods. Beyond just reading, Cailin gave her students the opportunity to think about and express how they feel about life in their own neighborhoods through an art project and by writing poetry about their lives in relation to what they read in the book.
Please take time to read her students' poetry in Step 5 below. It's so important to understand how some of our youth experience life across our nation's disparate communities.
BUILDING TEXT-TO-SELF CONNECTIONS
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