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Ms. Schumaker from Wanblee SD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Middle Schoolers Want to Read

My students need engaging texts; books that challenge their thinking and have age-appropriate content, while still catering to their below grade-level reading Lexiles.

  • $386 goal

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My Students

My students are tenacious young Lakota men and women living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 100% of my students are eligible for free lunch, and 100% are enrolled members in a federally recognized tribe. Although the majority of students test far below grade level, many still hold on to a love of reading and learning. Still, many struggle to see themselves in a post-secondary education despite their potential.

On the reservation, my students live in an incredibly unique environment - one full of beauty and culture, but also very familiar with hurt, poverty, and trauma.

For many students, our school is their safe place: a place with consistent adult role models, a guaranteed meal, engaging extra-curricular activities, and classes that attempt to teach cultural values and history intermixed with math and reading. Our school is more than a school - it is a community, a family, and a home.

My Project

I feel lucky to teach students who LIKE to read. I smile when I hear "just one more chapter!" after our read aloud, or the shy "can you order this book for me?" as they slide me the title on a ripped sheet of notebook paper. However, as a first year teacher, I am still building my classroom library. Since we don't have a school or community library within at least a hundred miles, my students rely on me and my salary to provide them with independent reading texts. At the rate my students can eat up books, I have found that I can simply not keep up!

The books I have selected for this project are texts that will keep the love of reading alive in my students and provide benefits that only the power of choice and independent reading can give.

Mainly graphic novels, these books have content that is age-appropriate and engaging for middle schoolers, yet presented in a format that is encouraging for those still reading at an early elementary level. Many books were ones specifically requested by my students. I guarantee that these books will be read until they disappear or fall apart!

Ms. Schumaker
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 45 students.

15 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
10 Prize-Winning TOON Graphics for Middle Grade • AKJ Education $129.82 1 $129.82
Resistance Book 1 • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Anya's Ghost • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Frankenstein The Graphic Novel: Original Text • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Hansel and Gretel (Standard Edition) • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
The Odyssey • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
White Wolf Woman and Other Native American Transformation Myths • AKJ Education $10.18 1 $10.18
Blue Is for Nightmares • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Bad Island • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Page by Paige • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
The Trojan Horse The Fall of Troy • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Thor & Loki In the Land of Giants: A Norse Myth • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Full Court Flash • AKJ Education $5.25 1 $5.25
Hoop Rat • AKJ Education $5.25 1 $5.25
Native American Heroes Osceola, Tecumseh & Cochise • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64

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