I teach 9-12 English literature in a very small town in Iowa. My students are wonderful students and are eager to learn. When I was hired at my school I was told that the school was built prior to WWI. It has a lot of character. I have lockers in my room with old desks and raised ceilings. The windows are crank windows with roll up shades. My textbooks are very dated - my journalism books (1985) teaches of cable being the new medium and my speech books are from 1987. I have approximately 65 9th through 12th graders. The background of most of my students is farming, factory, or sadly unemployed. The town itself has little to no reading strategy support as parents do not read themselves nor ask for help. Students do not receive modeling of what good readers do to be strategic from home. Our school is on the watch list for reading in the state. Even our library has a small percentage of up-to-date novels for students to choose from. I stock my classroom library with novels that I purchase myself from bookstores or scholastic.