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Mrs. Dean from Tucson AZ is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

8th Grade 40 Book Challenge

Help me give my students amazing book choices such as Refugee and Restart.

  • $496 goal

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My Students

My 8th grade students are mostly from low-income families and receive free or reduced lunch. They need encouragement and time to develop their reading skills. Providing a wide range of choices for reading is crucial.

Most students do not have access to books outside the school or classroom library.

Reading is not a skill they cultivate for pleasure. Books are not on the list of priorities given their socioeconomic status.

Providing the opportunity to read books from different genres opens the window to so many other adventures-in life and through books. It provides the opportunity to learn and grow beyond their life circumstances.

My Project

My 8th graders are not used to reading for pleasure. Most read because they have to. I have issued a 40 book challenge to them that will end in May 2020. The goal is to build confidence and stamina regarding reading. More choices = more reading.

Having a variety of choices enables my students to self-select books that are at their level and of interest to them.

They participated in a "book buffet" and gave the students time to browse many books and then rate them. The books on this list are the ones they were most interested in reading.

Mrs. Dean
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Refugee • Amazon Business $13.60 2 $27.20
The Outsiders • Amazon Business $6.40 4 $25.60
Restart • Amazon Business $11.75 2 $23.50
Guys Write For Guys Read (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $23.30 1 $23.30
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 10th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $11.52 2 $23.04
Unwind (1) (Unwind Dystology) • Amazon Business $10.80 2 $21.60
Code of Honor • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Unfinished Angel • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
The Bridge Home • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Kindness Starts With You • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Travel Team & the Big Field • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Stella by Starlight • Amazon Business $8.38 1 $8.38
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $8.34 1 $8.34
A Fire in My Hands: Revised and Expanded Edition • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Where the Red Fern Grows • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Stuck in Neutral • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus • Amazon Business $7.43 1 $7.43
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $7.28 1 $7.28
Loser • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Misfits • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Sounder • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
Classic Starts: Robinson Crusoe (Classic Starts Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two • Amazon Business $6.87 1 $6.87
And Then There Were None • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Weedflower • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Ghost (1) (Track) • Amazon Business $6.47 1 $6.47
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $6.42 1 $6.42
The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
Classic Starts: The Last of the Mohicans (Classic Starts Series) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-Treasury of Illustrated Classics Storybook Collection • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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