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Mrs. Finley from Avon IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Field Trips Through Literature

My students need 25 young adult and adult books that will foster a love of reading and develop the students' writing skills.

  • $356 goal

This project expired on October 24, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a high school English teacher, I never expected students to wail, “We have to read?!” Yet I have heard this cry more than once in my five years of teaching, and each time I feel a little more dismayed that reading has become a dull and mandatory activity rather than an exciting and voluntary one.

My students are from a growing district in Indiana.

They know how to go through the motions and receive good grades, but in many cases they lack internal motivation and a love of learning. I see great potential in these students, and am eager to foster a craving for literature and lifelong learning within them.

My Project

This year I will be teaching senior composition classes. Although I have purchased books for my classroom library in the past, I have catered them toward the ninth graders I taught in the last few years. With a new school year on the horizon, I have new clientele, and need books that will not only engage this older demographic, but will be catered to their interests and needs. For this reason, I am requesting 25 modern adult/young adult bestsellers.

In the high school composition classes I teach, I stress independent reading in addition to the reading already in our curriculum.

I do this because studies consistently show that reading improves writing. I do this because I want to remind students that reading does not have to be drudgery, that it can transport us to places we never imagined existed. I do this because I cannot imagine anything better than nestling into a corner with a brand new book and opening my mind to another world.

Mrs. Finley
Grades 9-12

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 120 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium Trilogy Series #3) Stieg Larsson • Barnes and Noble $13.27 1 $13.27
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Series #1) Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $10.22 1 $10.22
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Series #2) Stieg Larsson • Barnes and Noble $8.85 1 $8.85
Mockingjay (Hunger Games Series #3) Suzanne Collins • Barnes and Noble $8.02 1 $8.02
The Help Kathryn Stockett • Barnes and Noble $13.85 1 $13.85
Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) Suzanne Collins • Barnes and Noble $9.39 1 $9.39
When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris • Barnes and Noble $5.96 1 $5.96
House Rules Jodi Picoult • Barnes and Noble $15.56 1 $15.56
Handle with Care Jodi Picoult • Barnes and Noble $10.94 1 $10.94
My Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult • Barnes and Noble $10.94 1 $10.94
Plain Truth Jodi Picoult • Barnes and Noble $10.94 1 $10.94
The Last Song Nicholas Sparks • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Dear John Nicholas Sparks • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
Rescue Nicholas Sparks • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself Sabrina Ward Harrison • Barnes and Noble $17.10 1 $17.10
Belong to Me Marisa de los Santos • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner • Barnes and Noble $20.48 1 $20.48
Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell • Barnes and Noble $17.77 1 $17.77
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Bill Bryson • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Bill Bryson • Barnes and Noble $10.93 1 $10.93
Shades of Blue Karen Kingsbury • Barnes and Noble $15.03 1 $15.03
Where Yesterday Lives Karen Kingsbury • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25
Redeeming Love Francine Rivers • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25

Materials cost

$278.49

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.18

Fulfillment labor & materials

$9.00

Total project cost

$291.67

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$64.03

Total project goal

$355.70

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$355.70

3 Donors

-$355.70

Donations toward project cost

-$291.67

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$64.03

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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