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Ms. Lahey from Hudson MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Mirror, A Window, A Door: Building A Classroom Library

My students need more books in order to better understand themselves and the world around them.

  • $554 goal

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My Students

My students are 6th graders in a 5th-7th grade middle school in central Massachusetts. They are lovable and kind, curious and wise, and hilarious and strange. I teach Language Arts, so we focus largely on reading, writing, and public speaking skills in my classes.

I want my students to become engaged, thoughtful citizens, and I want them to read and absorb everything around them.

The students I see in front of me each year have so much potential. Most of my students have a phenomenal ability to absorb knowledge and to try new things. I want to give them the best opportunity to learn.

My Project

I have spent a significant amount of time this year researching the importance of independent reading. In a developing and changing world that requires students to graduate with complex comprehension and processing skills, I want to be able to provide my students with texts that will challenge and inspire them.

I want to build my classroom library.

In gathering the titles here, I consulted the American Library Association, Scholastic, and The New York Times Best Sellers list. I also did research regarding the best graphic novels for middle grades, as many of my struggling readers will be more likely to pick up a graphic novel.

My ultimate goal is to provide my students with a multitude of texts so that they can not only see themselves in the books they read, but so they may also experience texts that deal with the past, the future, complex issues, and people who may look, act, speak, or be different from them. A book can be a mirror, a window, and a door.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $16.78 2 $33.56
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • AKJ Education $32.09 1 $32.09
Projekt 1065 • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
Prisoner B-3087 • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
Drama • AKJ Education $8.02 3 $24.06
Serafina's Promise • AKJ Education $5.83 4 $23.32
Booked • AKJ Education $21.46 1 $21.46
Wonder • AKJ Education $10.69 2 $21.38
The Hunger Games • AKJ Education $7.54 2 $15.08
Matilda • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Night Diary • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Science of Breakable Things • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.28 1 $12.28
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $5.68 2 $11.36
The One and Only Ivan • AKJ Education $5.58 2 $11.16
The Book Thief • AKJ Education $10.74 1 $10.74
Iqbal • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
The Cardboard Kingdom • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children • AKJ Education $7.55 1 $7.55
The Graveyard Book 1 • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
A Bag of Marbles • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Maze Runner (Book One) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Girl Who Owned a City The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Outcasts United The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
A Great and Terrible Beauty • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Page by Paige • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Clean Water • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Brooklyn Nine A Novel in Nine Innings • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Amina's Voice • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Nightmares! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Island of Dr. Libris • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Listen, Slowly • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $4.98 1 $4.98

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