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Mrs. Rochholz from Council Blfs IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books for Silent Reading

My students need 32 modern fiction titles, including "The Kite Runner", "Twilight" and "Impulse".

  • $420 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Today's students are absorbed in the fast-paced digital world of Internet blogging and text messaging. Their attention spans are shorter and among all of these distractions, their desire to read is pushed to the side. I teach 10th and 11th grade English and I am always disappointed when my students tell me that they hate to read. I feel that a part of the problem lies within the books that they have to choose from.

Not only are my students already distracted by the fast-paced digital world in which they are immersed, but the classroom I am currently in is a temporary classroom located in a gym. This classroom has no ceiling and the noise at times is unbearable. My students have free reading time every week and I not only have to struggle with the noise factor, but reluctant readers as well. Many of my students also do not have the funds to pay off their library fines and are unable to check out books from the school library. Many have expressed their desire to read, but simply don't have the means to buy a good book.

I am hoping to bring in some new books for my students that will spike their interest in reading and sustain their attention in the chaotic environment of our temporary classroom. The books I have chosen were on top lists for best teen novels and were recommended to engage reluctant readers.

My students struggle to focus in an environment that is already distracting, so placing a good book in their hands to bring excitement back to reading is a top priority of mine.

Mrs. Rochholz
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 140 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Twilight • AKJ Books $9.58 1 $9.58
New Moon • AKJ Books $9.58 1 $9.58
Ender's Game (Ender Wiggin Series #1) Orson Scott Card • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
Before I Die Jenny Downham • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher • Barnes and Noble $11.04 1 $11.04
The Book Thief Markus Zusak • Barnes and Noble $9.59 1 $9.59
Before I Die Jenny Downham • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Identical Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Burned Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Twisted Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Strays Ron Koertge • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
Peak Roland Smith • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Slam! Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Knights of the Hill Country Tim Tharp • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Dreamland Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
That Summer Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $3.98 1 $3.98
Shiver Maggie Stiefvater • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
The Vampire Diaries #1-2: The Awakening and The Struggle L. J. Smith • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Extras (Uglies Series #4) Scott Westerfeld, Designed by Rodrigo Corral • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Shiver Maggie Stiefvater • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
The Vampire Diaries #1-2: The Awakening and The Struggle L. J. Smith • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Extras (Uglies Series #4) Scott Westerfeld, Designed by Rodrigo Corral • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
If I Stay Gayle Forman • Barnes and Noble $11.84 1 $11.84
The Road Cormac McCarthy • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Keeper Mal Peet • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie David Lubar • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Black and White Paul Volponi • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Looking for Alaska John Green • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Soldier X Don L. Wulffson • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29

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