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Ms. Ghuneim, Librarian from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Battle of the Books (2019-2020)

Help me give my students copies of the titles chosen for the 2019-2020 Chicago Public Schools' Battle of the Books.

  • $304 goal

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My Students

My position is the school librarian and I serve approximately 450 students from Pre-K to 8th grade. Many of my students have special needs.

All students attend weekly one-hour library classes where students are taught to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.

Many of our students don't have a way of getting to the public library and look to the school library to provide all the books and technology. Our students are from low-income families. All students receive free breakfast and almost all receive a free lunch.

Unfortunately, as a result of the current budget crisis, our school does not have the funds to purchase the required materials for the library.

My Project

My students need books for Battle of the Books. Battle of the Books teams is comprised of students in 2 categories: 5-6th grade and 7th-8th grade. Each division will have a separate reading list. I am asking for the first 5 books for each grade category. Students that sign up to compete in Battle of the Books will check out copies of books from the school library so they can prepare.

Students are encouraged to write questions about books read.

Questions will then be used for an in-depth conversation during book club meetings and preparation for the online Spring competition where students will answer questions about the books. The highest scoring teams will advance to the City Finals live competition.

Participation in the Battle of the Books program exposes students to great literature, encourages cooperation and teamwork and gets them excited about reading!

Ms. Ghuneim, Librarian
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster • Amazon Business $12.57 2 $25.14
The Season of Styx Malone • Amazon Business $11.72 2 $23.44
A Good Kind of Trouble • Amazon Business $11.72 2 $23.44
Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream • Amazon Business $10.98 2 $21.96
It Wasn't Me • Amazon Business $10.76 2 $21.52
Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows (Charlie Hernandez) • Amazon Business $7.61 2 $15.22
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