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  • $810 goal

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Ms. Mitchell
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
  • $0 still needed

Books for Lifelong Literacy

My students need high-interest books for our classroom library.

My Students

As a kid, I loved to read, so much that I would be content doing that over just about any other activity. I want my students to have the same love of stories, but they are so far behind the curve that reading is a chore for them.

My students attend an inner-city high school in a high poverty area, and recent testing has shown that they all read below grade-level--many of them far below.

They are working hard to raise their reading levels through daily independent reading, but they struggle with most of the books in our classroom library. My students want not only to be able to complete their grade-level work; they want to be competitive when applying to college and for jobs.

My Project

My students have a brand-new Literacy Lounge (thank you, DonorsChoose!) and are excited to enjoy their independent reading time on their new beanbag chairs, but few of the materials in our classroom library are of an appropriate level for their current abilities. They are committed to reading daily in order to rise several grade-levels by the end of the year, so I would like to get them some high-interest books, more appropriate to their current reading levels. Daily reading time using high-interest student-selected materials will give them the motivation they need to keep trying to read and work to get to where they want to go.

My kids are good kids who want to be successful in school and in life, but they have not had all of the resources they have needed to be where they should be at this point in high school, much less to be competitive when applying to college in the next year or two.

I want to help them catch up to the kids against whom they will be completing for college entrance and for jobs so that they can reach their dreams.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Walking Dead: Compendium Two • Amazon $38.19 1 $38.19
The Walking Dead: Compendium One • Amazon $29.13 1 $29.13
The Arrival • Amazon $13.98 2 $27.96
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2: From "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray • Amazon $25.96 1 $25.96
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons • Amazon $23.76 1 $23.76
Dante's Inferno • Amazon $17.06 1 $17.06
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One • Amazon $16.99 1 $16.99
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume Two • Amazon $16.99 1 $16.99
The Complete Persepolis • Amazon $16.96 1 $16.96
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel • Amazon $15.41 1 $15.41
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon $13.98 1 $13.98
Black Boy White School • Amazon $13.58 1 $13.58
Juvie • Amazon $13.49 1 $13.49
Dead Ends • Amazon $12.78 1 $12.78
The Tragedy Paper • Amazon $12.78 1 $12.78
This Song Will Save Your Life • Amazon $12.34 1 $12.34
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass • Amazon $12.18 1 $12.18
Mojo • Amazon $12.18 1 $12.18
I Swear • Amazon $12.18 1 $12.18
Macbeth: The Graphic Novel (American English, Original Text Edition) (Classical Comics) • Amazon $12.16 1 $12.16
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel • Amazon $11.78 1 $11.78
Dracula The Graphic Novel: Original Text (Classical Comics) • Amazon $11.68 1 $11.68
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History • Amazon $11.56 1 $11.56
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began • Amazon $11.56 1 $11.56
When Dad Killed Mom • Amazon $11.48 1 $11.48
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb • Amazon $11.11 1 $11.11
Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change • Amazon $11.10 1 $11.10
City of Glass: The Graphic Novel (New York Trilogy) • Amazon $10.89 1 $10.89
Graphic Classics: H. P. Lovecraft (2nd edition) (Graphic Classics (Graphic Novels)) • Amazon $10.76 1 $10.76
Rotters • Amazon $9.38 1 $9.38
Moby Dick: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon $9.18 1 $9.18
Breathing Underwater • Amazon $8.18 1 $8.18
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
You • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Twisted • Amazon $7.98 1 $7.98
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel (Books of Ember) • Amazon $7.98 1 $7.98
Coraline: The Graphic Novel • Amazon $7.98 1 $7.98
Playground • Amazon $7.98 1 $7.98
Butter • Amazon $7.98 1 $7.98
Speak • Amazon $7.98 1 $7.98
The Miseducation of Cameron Post • Amazon $7.98 1 $7.98
Night of the Living Dead: A Graphic Novel • Amazon $7.60 1 $7.60
Give a Boy a Gun • Amazon $7.38 1 $7.38
The Goats • Amazon $7.38 1 $7.38
The Orange Houses • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
King Dork • Amazon $6.99 1 $6.99
Thirteen Reasons Why • Amazon $6.59 1 $6.59
Bluefish • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Crash • Amazon $6.18 1 $6.18

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This project will reach 80 students.

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