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Mrs. Monoski from Montgomery PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

My students need graphic novels to lure reluctant readers into the wonderful world of reading.

  • $288 goal

This project expired on December 15, 2018.

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My Students

My 12 and 13-year-old students have gone to school together for most of their lives. They are a group of down-to-earth kids from a small, rural town in Pennsylvania. Since many of them have been together since Pre-K, the students and their families know each other well. Almost 60% of the students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch.

Despite challenges in economic status of our students, our school district ranked 61st out of 493 schools in Pennsylvania.

Students, parents, teachers, and administrators are proud of our students' efforts academically. We are fortunate to have a student-teacher ratio of about 12:1.

We are lucky in that students have 1:1 access to technology. The students in grades 7-12 use Chromebooks. Students are extremely receptive to using technology in their learning.

Because the students and their families are so close, they do have a large influence on each other. It warms my heart to see how reading can be contagious, and I hope to bring more of that to my classroom with the use of graphic novels.

My Project

Some of the graphic novels that I have chosen will give my 7th grade students their first chance at successfully reading a classic novel...just through graphics and dialogue!

When I started offering graphic novels, I saw student interest in reading soar!

I had a parent contact me to ask me what I was doing because her son, who she had never seen reading by his own choice, couldn't put the graphic novel down! All I did differently was to offer a couple of new graphic novels that I had bought. Some students went from students who didn't want to read to students who couldn't wait to take the next one home. They couldn't believe that I would let them read a book with pictures in middle school. :)

Because I only have a few of these books in my classroom library, I just have to get my hands on more! I am amazed at how these have helped some of my reluctant readers. I am looking forward to allowing these students to feel the success that others feel through the use of the graphic novels.

Mrs. Monoski
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 70 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
World War Two: Against The Rising Sun (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) with a subtitle of An illustrated edition of the fantasy classic • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
World War One: 1914-1918 (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $11.71 1 $11.71
Laika • Amazon Business $11.01 1 $11.01
Treasure Island: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
This One Summer • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
Zeus and the Rise of the Olympians: A Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $10.63 1 $10.63
Point Blank: the Graphic Novel (Alex Rider) • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
The Jungle Book: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Ghostopolis • Amazon Business $10.23 1 $10.23
Harry Houdini: A Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Vampire Academy • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Uglies: Shay's Story (Graphic Novel) (Uglies Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $8.60 1 $8.60
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Wallace the Brave • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Robin Hood (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Dracula (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $6.33 1 $6.33
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $5.76 1 $5.76

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