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Ms. Chaffee from E Saint Louis IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Diverse Student Body Needs Diverse Books

My students need an assortment of new books at appropriate grade levels for quarterly independent reading projects.

  • $480 goal

This project expired on June 10, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Imagine looking for a book to read for a school project, only to find that the books available to you were commonly read in high schools ten to twenty years ago, and that few of the worn covers had characters who resembled you at all.

The students in my classes are smart, empathetic, curious teenagers.

Some of them love to read, and some of them haven't found the right book yet. All of the students are African-American, and from a high poverty district. I have purchased classroom books, but to save money, I buy used books. Most of the books in my classroom don't have shiny or attractive covers, and come nowhere near representing the culture or background of my students. They take many unbelievable journeys as readers and writers, sludge with me through Shakespeare and Mathabane, and end up loving both, but they need attractive choices for their own reading so that they can learn even more about themselves and about the world.

My Project

I am requesting an assortment of new books. The students will use these books as a basis for self-directed learning and reflection. Their interest in the texts will enable them to compose high-school level essays based on themes and questions raised by the texts they are reading, so that they can be better prepared for their later high school years, and eventually, college.

Literacy is a prime indicator of success.

The more students read, the more vocabulary and background knowledge they develop. With these books as part of their personal experiences, the students can change their lives and aspire for futures that they haven't considered at this point. Books turn mirrors into windows by allowing us to understand how we and others think and live.

Ms. Chaffee
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 97 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
African American • AKJ Books $40.10 2 $80.20
High Interest, Low Readability - Adventure • AKJ Books $45.66 1 $45.66
High Interest, Low Readability - Nonfiction • AKJ Books $42.07 1 $42.07
Historical Fiction • AKJ Books $41.37 1 $41.37
Learning Disabilities • AKJ Books $37.64 1 $37.64
Assorted Fiction • AKJ Books $35.48 1 $35.48
High Interest, Low Readability - Sports • AKJ Books $34.97 1 $34.97
Mystery • AKJ Books $32.52 1 $32.52
Sundiata - an Epic of Old Mali • AKJ Books $17.10 1 $17.10
Sundiata Lion King of Mali • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07

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