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Ms. Qarooni
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 6 donors
  • $0 still needed

Battle of the Books: We Need These Texts!

My students need the required books to participate in Chicago's annual Battle of the Books, a program tasking students to read & answer questions about 20 books.

My Students

Ever feel you were part of a team that gave you confidence and made you feel unbeatable? I want my students to feel that way, but rallied around books. Chicago's annual Battle of the Books begins in January and if we get these books, my students will be able to participate. The texts are necessary!

My students are inner-city kids, mostly from Mexican immigrant families, and many face difficulties at home.

Over 80% receives free lunch and many live in single-parent households. Our school has a mission I believe in: to provide holistic education that includes lessons on nutrition, wellness and movement, combined with an academically rigorous program that will ensure student success beyond our walls, when they graduate 8th grade. We have a dual language track in Spanish that allows ELL students to feel extremely successful. At the same time, my students need programs like Battle of the Books to rally around. They need a goal to push towards, and in my experience, this program TRULY works, because it asks that they band together to tackle and understand 20 books inside and out.

My Project

If we get these books, they will be used by teams of students who will meet in groups to analyze the texts well enough to "battle" other students in the city in April. They will have to answer questions about the plot, author, characters and word choice first through an online question and answer 'first round,' then in a school with about 30 other school teams participating for the 'finalist round.' Eventually, one school will win (based on number of questions answered correctly about the texts), but in reality, every student will have won. To prepare our students, teachers will meet to coach them through comprehension of these texts-- which were selected by the city's librarians and vary each year. The texts run the gamut in genre, and it will be necessary for our students to understand them fully. I also added a teacher text that will help all the teachers running this program meaningfully engage readers in a way that will cultivate lifelong passion for reading.

Your donation will allow students to participate in a meaningful team effort, making them feel empowered and confident in their abilities to band together.

What's better than rallying around reading? Activities such as these build character. Students will feel excited about tackling these texts, and hopefully, make it to city championships! In addition, the texts will be integrated into our classroom libraries, so all students can borrow and read them year after year.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead (Exceptional Science Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Junior Library Guild Selection (Millbrook Press)) • Amazon $27.54 1 $27.54
The Outcasts: A Novel • Amazon $18.94 1 $18.94
Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits • Amazon $16.83 1 $16.83
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" (Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)) • Amazon $16.20 1 $16.20
Yes! We Are Latinos • Amazon $16.20 1 $16.20
I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures • Amazon $16.19 1 $16.19
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Center for Cartoon Studies Presents) • Amazon $15.38 1 $15.38
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) • Amazon $14.82 1 $14.82
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America • Amazon $14.39 1 $14.39
Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca • Amazon $14.15 1 $14.15
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster • Amazon $13.92 1 $13.92
Pinned • Amazon $13.86 1 $13.86
Hold Fast • Amazon $13.85 1 $13.85
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano • Amazon $13.72 1 $13.72
Twerp • Amazon $13.53 1 $13.53
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur • Amazon $13.42 1 $13.42
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon $13.35 1 $13.35
Glory Be • Amazon $13.24 1 $13.24
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle • Amazon $12.96 1 $12.96
Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice (Na) • Amazon $12.50 1 $12.50
Friends with Boys • Amazon $11.99 1 $11.99
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy • Amazon $10.68 1 $10.68
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon $9.87 1 $9.87
I, Emma Freke • Amazon $8.96 1 $8.96
Riot • Amazon $8.80 1 $8.80
The Running Dream • Amazon $8.78 1 $8.78
Cold Fury (A Cold Fury Novel) • Amazon $8.45 1 $8.45
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Bamboo People • Amazon $8.06 1 $8.06
Breaker Boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor (Captured History) • Amazon $8.06 1 $8.06
Close to Famous • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
A Tale Dark and Grimm • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
The Lions of Little Rock • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
The Apothecary • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Ways To Live Forever • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Ghetto Cowboy • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
One for the Murphys • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Pie • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
The Homemade Stuffing Caper: Book 1 (Charlie Collier,Snoop for Hire) • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Okay for Now • Amazon $6.15 1 $6.15
Words in the Dust • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
Dancing Home • Amazon $5.39 1 $5.39

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