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Ms. Devens from Minneapolis MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Accessible Texts For Students with Special Needs!

My students need texts that they can feel successful reading. They need texts that match their maturity level while also being accessible for their reading abilities.

  • $287 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are outside-the-box-thinkers who are traversing some of the most challenging years of their educational career; middle school. They are hilarious, fiercely loyal, and generous beyond belief. My students are smart kids who have often suffered a trauma in their past; moving, foster care, loss of a parent, etc. They often feel more comfortable in a smaller environment, where it is safe to make mistakes, challenge authority, and be themselves.

In this class we work on believing in our own dignity and self-worth, achieving excellence and commit ourselves to beauty and justice (Summarized from a speech given by Martin Luther King JR.).

We are part of a K-8 school and the middle school works to be inclusive of our students in many ways. Our class believes in goal setting and helps each other achieve those goals. This year I hope to incorporate more opportunity for students to help each other reach their goals by creating learning partners or groups where students can hold each other accountable to achieving their goals at school.

My Project

Thank you so much for your generous donation to my classroom. I am so excited to work to increase my students engagement in reading. They are eager to discover themselves and prepare for the next challenge - high school! Through the engaging texts in these books, students are particularly able to explore the way they communicate with their friends and adults in order to achieve goals.

This project included several graphic novels in order to invest my readers who are not currently accessing texts at a middle school level.

Because of the visual supports, these books help my students to practice the skills we are learning in my mainstream English Language Arts classroom with a text that makes them feel successful.

In my reading intervention course, students are able to read independently daily. I try to make as convenient of a reading space as possible - dimmed lighting, pillows, and comfy chairs - so that while they read, they can practice reading strategies and grow their skills while also having FUN (like real readers in the world). My students are not fully invested in reading YET. Exposure to these practices of real readers helps to increase engagement and build lifelong readers and critical thinkers.

Thank you for your generous support in my students as readers and leaders. I am humbled and grateful to have such loyal contributors to my work.”

With gratitude,

Ms. Devens

Ms. Devens
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 15 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Survived Collector's Toolbox (I Survived) • Amazon Business $35.55 1 $35.55
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition) • Amazon Business $9.82 3 $29.46
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $10.47 2 $20.94
Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 7 (VIZBIG Edition) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 8 (VIZBIG Edition) • Amazon Business $16.28 1 $16.28
Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 6 (VIZBIG Edition) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 9 (VIZBIG Edition) • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Anya's Ghost • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Drama • Amazon Business $7.38 1 $7.38
The Odyssey • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19

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