Sierra High School is involved in an ongoing commitment to build student literacy. To reach those means, the staff at Sierra High School regularly collaborate on how to implement literacy across the curriculum. Staff actively engages in professional development that supports the development of discipline based literacy skills and practice modeling and the use of strategic literacy skills in the classroom. The overall objective of building students literacy success is multi faceted and in addition to content area literacy instruction is the use of a daily leisure reading program. All students read daily for 20 minutes in a novel of their own choice. The purpose of this grant is to fund the purchase of novels students choice to read during our daily leisure reading program. The main objectives that develop from the leisure reading program include students building stamina, increasing their range and use of reading strategies and acquiring an identity as a reader. These objectives directly correlate with the students increasing literacy successes in our content area classrooms. When students can choose the novels they want to read, have time to read independently with no additional requirements, and share their reading experiences with their peers, their reading successes increase. These successes in turn allow students to have more successes as they interact with content area texts as well.
Sierra High School recognizes that this grant request is a repeat of one requested last year. However, the need for students to choose their own books and the need to replenish our library does not diminish over time. If anything, as students become more engaged readers, the need for more diverse and challenging texts arise.