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Ms. Harrison from Wichita KS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Book Lovers: Independent Reading to Build Stamina and Appreciation

My students need books that represent their unique individual identities, personalities, and tastes. I selected books that range from sports, music, and history non-fiction to gushy girly "chick-lit". This variety is imperative. Thank you!

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My Students

My students attend a large urban high school in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the city. My high school services nine different groups homes and many students who live in foster homes. My students are often victims of childhood traumas and live lives in constant transition.

Perhaps because so many of my students experience such frequent personal hardships, they particularly appreciate classroom activities and projects that allow them to exercise choice.

They also appreciate a reliably clean and safe learning environment stocked with meaningful learning materials. This environment allows them to see the presence of a loving adult who willingly invests in them in both an emotional and a material way.

My Project

I daresay there is nothing so positively correlated to high engagement in an English classroom than empowering students with the ability to choose what they read. This is why I dedicate class time to and design lessons around independent reading; students are free to choose books that appeal to them from our school library or our classroom library. We intertwine these self-selected texts within all other areas of our class (grammar, vocabulary, the study of literary terms, associations with the texts we read together, etc).

Unfortunately, many of my students have debts with our school district that poverty prevents them from paying and that prevent them from being able to access our school library.

For this reason, I have built a classroom library for them composed of books that I've personally purchased. This library currently consists of about 150 books, half young adult fiction and half adult fiction. I desperately want to add modern young adult fiction so that my students can read about characters and situations that reflect themselves and pique their interest. Your contribution will help me fill out my library and can help students build reading stamina and appreciation.

Ms. Harrison
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Matched Trilogy box set • Amazon Business $31.30 1 $31.30
180 DAYS: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents • Amazon Business $30.94 1 $30.94
Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers • Amazon Business $21.14 1 $21.14
Maximum Ride Box Set (Maximum Ride, School's Out Forever, Saving the World) • Amazon Business $20.03 1 $20.03
Watchmen • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable • Amazon Business $17.27 1 $17.27
Pretty Little Liars Box Set: Books 1 to 4 • Amazon Business $16.68 1 $16.68
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II • Amazon Business $16.26 1 $16.26
The Poet X • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3 • Amazon Business $16.15 1 $16.15
Hotel Ruby • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
We Were Liars • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.56 1 $11.56
Caraval • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission • Amazon Business $10.17 1 $10.17
Luna • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Brian's Return (A Hatchet Adventure) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
The River (A Hatchet Adventure) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Brian's Hunt (A Hatchet Adventure) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Scorpions, 25th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
Brian's Winter (A Hatchet Adventure) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Pretties (Uglies) • Amazon Business $8.31 1 $8.31
Extras (Uglies) • Amazon Business $8.16 1 $8.16
Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition • Amazon Business $8.13 1 $8.13
If You Come Softly • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Looking for Alaska • Amazon Business $7.91 1 $7.91
Specials (Uglies) • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
City of Saints & Thieves • Amazon Business $7.82 1 $7.82
An Abundance of Katherines • Amazon Business $7.63 1 $7.63
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
The Remedy (Program) • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
If I Stay • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Scarlet Gospels • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
Last Man Out • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18
True Legend • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Gym Candy • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Cinder • Amazon Business $5.30 1 $5.30
12 Years a Slave • Amazon Business $2.03 1 $2.03

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