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  • $466 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Mrs. P.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 8 donors
  • $0 still needed

Back to the Love of Reading Through Sustained Silent Reading

My students need a classroom library with high-interest young adult books they can relate to on a personal level.

My Students

Reading is a little bit like extreme health food for the brain and soul. People who read regularly are always hungry for a good book; but, for reluctant and weak readers, academic reading creates bitter resistance. My goal is to change attitudes about reading and create life-long, competent readers.

Many of my ninth grade English students come from "text-poor" homes.

They have never owned a book and have only read to fulfill school assignments. Often, however, grade-level reading is frustrating for them, and they are unable to complete simple reading assignments independently. Both my students and I live in an extremely rural part of the country where the majority of men make their livings underground in the coal mines. Students of middle class families grow up watching a father or brother provide a respectable quality of life for their families without the benefit of a high school diploma or even the ability to read sometimes. Often the students I have living in poverty have little ambition to succeed in school because they have never experienced a quality of life beyond poverty. Motivating youths in my area is difficult; but, I still see a lot of potential in them. The trick is to get them to realize their potential and to not waste it.

My Project

Last year, for an independent reading project, I had students order books through a public library loan because our public and school libraries don't have a good selection of young adult books. Many students didn't have a ride to the public library, and several of the library-to-library loans took nearly 4-5 weeks to arrive. Many of the books I have requested in this grant were read and loved by my 2011-12 students. One girl read "Artichoke's Heart," no small task, in four days and said it may be the best book she's ever read. Even some of my most reluctant readers enjoyed their books thoroughly. This year, my students will use these high-interest books for daily "silent sustained reading." Each day students come to class, get their self-selected books, and spend the first 10-minutes of each class reading for pleasure. Students will complete daily reading logs, respond in their journals, and complete a small project such as a brochure for one of the books they read each quarter.

I spent a significant amount of time researching these books.

Most of the titles are recommended by James Blasingame in his book for educators entitled "Books That Don't Bore 'Em." Others I found on websites representing prestigious literary awards such as the Newbury and National Book Awards. Additionally, I have chosen a few books below ninth grade reading level such as "Where the Red Fern Grows." These books will provide struggling readers reasonable opportunities to experience success.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Artichoke''s Heart • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Fat Kid Rules the World • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Revolver • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
The Black Pearl Scott O''Dell • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Banner in the Sky • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
The River • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
How I Live Now • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Book Thief - pb • AKJ Books $9.61 1 $9.61
The Island • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
Rifle • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Knights of the Hill Country • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
What I Saw and How I Lied • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
A Day No Pigs Would Die • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Rats Saw God Rob Thomas • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart Deb Caletti • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
The Boy from the Basement • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
The Buffalo Tree • AKJ Books $9.86 1 $9.86
Jellicoe Road • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Stuck in Neutral • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Amy & Roger''s Epic Detour • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
Tears Of A Tiger • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
A Solitary Blue Cynthia Voigt • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Hard Love • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
True Believer • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
The Rag and Bone Shop • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Lies My Teacher Told Me • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
The World According to Garp • AKJ Books $11.84 1 $11.84
The Body of Christopher Creed • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Lord of Misrule • AKJ Books $11.10 1 $11.10
Fight Club • AKJ Books $12.56 1 $12.56
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel Jeannette Walls • AKJ Books $11.84 1 $11.84
Snow Falling on Cedars • AKJ Books $11.10 1 $11.10
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close • AKJ Books $11.06 1 $11.06
King of the Screwups K. L. Going • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Friday Night Lights (PB) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower • AKJ Books $10.36 1 $10.36
Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973 • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
The Pact : Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream • AKJ Books $11.10 1 $11.10
Punkzilla Adam Rapp • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Looking for Alaska • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Go Ask Alice • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
The Coffin Quilt: The Feud Between the Hatfields and the McCoys • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Sounder • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
The Call of the Wild • AKJ Books $3.69 1 $3.69
Where the Red Fern Grows • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Into Thin Air • AKJ Books $11.10 1 $11.10
Tuesdays with Morrie • AKJ Books $10.35 1 $10.35
White Darkness • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65

Materials cost

$360.11

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.40

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$395.51

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$69.80

Total project goal

$465.31

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$465.31

7 Donors

-$212.90

Donations toward project cost

-$197.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.15

match offer

-$232.66

Match offer toward project cost

-$197.76

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$34.90

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$19.75

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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8 donors8 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 130 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by Build-a-Bear Workshop and 7 other donors.

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