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  • $829 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Gassaway
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 11 donors
  • $0 still needed

Book Clubs Galore!

My students need a lot of great selections for book club options. Having many titles in a range of genres and formats lets each group find a great fit!

My Students

I work with middle school students, which is just as thrilling and crazy as you may imagine. My classes are made up of kids who are identified as reading below grade level. Many of them have recently exited an ELD program and lack some fluency and vocabulary that native language speakers would have; others have just never developed a passion for reading. That's where I come in!

The best part of my job is seeing kids get excited about a book, especially kids who thought they hated reading.

I've worked hard to develop a classroom library that reflects my student population, including lots of books about Latinx and other kids of color, kids who are differently abled, kids from a range of social, economic, and religious backgrounds, GLBQT kids, immigrants and refugees, etc. My students also love reading humor, graphic novels, thrillers, and books that have been made into TV shows and movies. All kids deserve to find books they can connect to.

My Project

Book clubs are a great way to support students' development as readers and community members. By reading and discussing in small groups, they build confidence, stamina, insight, and empathy. True choice is needed for buy-in, though!

Options ranging from historical fiction to fantasy, from graphic novels to nonfiction, from humorous to wrenched-from-the-headlines ensure that every small group can find a book to dig into and explore deeply.

Many of these titles will bring the outside world into our classroom and get the students thinking about how they want to live in our society. These books will build students' understanding of the interplay between world issues and personal struggles. They will also suck students in with great storytelling and beautiful writing.

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bubonic Panic • AKJ Education $13.83 3 $41.49
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life • AKJ Education $13.13 3 $39.39
The Borden Murders • AKJ Education $13.13 3 $39.39
Long Way Down • AKJ Education $13.13 3 $39.39
Every Falling Star • AKJ Education $12.37 3 $37.11
Always Running La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. • AKJ Education $11.68 3 $35.04
The Rose That Grew From Concrete • AKJ Education $11.68 3 $35.04
DEAR MARTIN • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
The 57 Bus • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
A List of Cages • AKJ Education $7.29 3 $21.87
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 3 $19.68
The War That Saved My Life • AKJ Education $6.56 3 $19.68
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces • AKJ Education $8.72 2 $17.44
Boy21 • AKJ Education $8.02 2 $16.04
If I Ever Get Out of Here • AKJ Education $8.02 2 $16.04
Restart • AKJ Education $5.10 3 $15.30
Lockdown • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Keesha's House • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
We Were Here • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Between Shades of Gray • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Lost in the Sun • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
The Dreamer • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Absolutely Almost • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
The First Part Last • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
A Night Divided • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Rain Reign • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
House Arrest • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
The Afterlife • AKJ Education $5.07 2 $10.14
Ball Don't Lie • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
All American Boys • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29

Materials cost

$664.06

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.96

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$704.02

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$124.24

Total project goal

$828.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$828.26

10 Donors

-$702.16

Donations toward project cost

-$596.84

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$105.32

match offer

-$126.10

Match offer toward project cost

-$107.18

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.92

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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

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11 donors11 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 120 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 10 other donors.

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