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Mrs. Rinzel from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

An Awesome Beginning to an 8th Grade In-Class Library!

Help me give my students an awesome in-class library, full of new and classic middle-grade books!

  • $563 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The rising 8th grade at my school is so special: they are thoughtful, hilarious, and frequently brilliant. They love k-pop and disco (!) and Netflix and especially being trusted to have mature, thoughtful discussions and debates in class. They also are black & brown kids growing up in the poorest congressional district in the nation, and their literacy and language proficiency, to a degree, reflects the struggle they and their families encounter making their way through the world.

My overarching goal for the year is to foster and/or support a deep and enduring love of literature in my students.

They were my first 6th graders at Bronx Latin, and I am so excited that my first year teaching 8th grade ELA (that's English Language Arts to anyone as elderly as I!) is with them.

My Project

Students will be responsible for completing 20+ minutes of independent reading every night for homework. I want them to develop a reading habit, and to practice applying our in-class learning to books they choose independently.

To help them find excellent books that might appeal to all sorts of different students with varied interests, I want to build a great library in class of books they can borrow.

That means that even if a student doesn't have a library card or a Kindle or a bookstore or shelves full of books at home, they will always have access to something new to read.

Please help me build the foundation of 50 awesome middle-grade -appropriate books, so that I can help them learn to love to read!

Mrs. Rinzel
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Last Chance to See • Amazon Business $15.05 1 $15.05
Their Eyes Were Watching God • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Tight • Amazon Business $13.11 1 $13.11
The Things They Carried • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel, Book 1) (Pandava Series) • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
The Benefits of Being an Octopus • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (A Sal and Gabi Novel, Book 1) • Amazon Business $12.47 1 $12.47
Front Desk • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The Hobbit • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
Fences • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Ball Don't Lie • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Stupid Fast (Felton Reinstein trilogy) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Fuzzy • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
We Were Here • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Fahrenheit 451 • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
Franny and Zooey • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
The Skeleton Tree • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Posted • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Holes (Holes Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Samurai's Tale • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
After Tupac and D Foster • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Bronx Masquerade • Amazon Business $7.75 1 $7.75
Lord of the Flies, Centenary Edition • Amazon Business $7.61 1 $7.61
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus • Amazon Business $7.21 1 $7.21
To Kill a Mockingbird • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Bridge to Terabithia • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
The Giver (1) (Giver Quartet) • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
The Blackthorn Key • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Eleven • Amazon Business $6.96 1 $6.96
The Evil Wizard Smallbone • Amazon Business $6.81 1 $6.81
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground • Amazon Business $6.45 1 $6.45
The Outsiders • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
The Only Road • Amazon Business $6.34 1 $6.34
Storm Runner (Rick Riordan Presents) • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
The Catcher in the Rye • Amazon Business $6.06 1 $6.06
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Classic) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Restart • Amazon Business $5.58 1 $5.58
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) • Amazon Business $5.44 1 $5.44
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $4.64 1 $4.64

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