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Mrs. King from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books They'll Love

My students need copies of various young adult literature books for our classroom library.

  • $572 goal

This project expired on March 19, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

I am an English teacher and 9th grade adviser at a small urban charter high school. One of the goals of our school is to help prepare our students for college, and as most of them will be the first in their family to do so, they need a great deal of support. As an adviser to 17 freshmen, my primary focus is to help them get the skills they need to graduate high school and to be successful in college.

Many students come to our school lacking basic literacy skills. Some of them speak English as a second language, some have learning disabilities, and some didn't receive the necessary early-childhood education and encouragement in reading. To improve their literacy skills and to make them competitive college students, we have implemented various programs across the curriculum. One of these programs is 30 minutes of Sustained Silent Reading we do in Advisory 3 times a week. Unfortunately, we do not have adequate resources to purchase books at their reading level and in their preferred genres. So for many of them, SSR is not an enjoyable or worthwhile experience.

I have taught in schools with a great deal of resources for SSR, and I have seen how empowering it is for a child to select a book, read it independently, and gradually learn to love reading. One of the most important parts of SSR is teaching students how to select books on their reading level that they will enjoy. So I need a much bigger variety of books to offer my current students. When this program is successful, our classroom becomes a community of readers in which students share their favorites through Book Talks, top book lists, and author studies. More importantly, students learn the independence and confidence they need for high school and beyond.

Now I need your help! From my experience as an English teacher and through my Masters in Humanities Education, I have learned a lot about young adult literature. I have compiled a list of some of the most popular titles that range in genre and reading level. Your generous support will help us add to our classroom library, but more importantly, it will help my students continue to build their literacy skills and increase their love of learning. I will be their Advisory teacher for four years, and I would love to finish off their freshman year with a meaningful and beneficial SSR experience.

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

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November Blues Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Flyy Girl Omar Tyree • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Maus: A Survivor's Tale Volume 1: My Father Bleeds History Art Spiegelman, Tom Engelhardt (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $11.96 3 $35.88
Contender Robert Lipsyte • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Keeper Mal Peet • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Tangerine Edward Bloor, Danny De Vito (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Running Loose Chris Crutcher • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
In Odd We Trust Dean Koontz, Queenie Chan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.76 1 $8.76
V for Vendetta Alan Moore, David Lloyd (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.99 1 $15.99
Blankets Craig Thompson, Craig Thompson (Artist) • Barnes and Noble $18.31 1 $18.31
The Arrival Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.11 1 $12.11
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Paolo Lamanna (Illustrator), Giovanni Rigano (Illustrator), Adapted by Andrew Donkin • Barnes and Noble $4.98 1 $4.98
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold • Barnes and Noble $7.19 3 $21.57
First Part Last Angela Johnson • Barnes and Noble $6.29 3 $18.87
Darkness Before Dawn (Hazelwood High Trilogy #3) Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Sharon Draper, Rameck Hunt • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Romiette and Julio Sharon M. Draper, Adam Lowenbein (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Forged by Fire (Hazelwood High Trilogy #2) Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High Trilogy #1) Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 3 $18.87
Maus: A Survivor's Tale Volume 2: And Here My Troubles Began Art Spiegelman • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Scorpions Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Bad Boy Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Hoops Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Slam! Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Monster Walter Dean Myers, Christopher A. Myers (Illustrator), Christopher Myers (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 6 $48.54
Rose That Grew from Concrete Tupac Shakur • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
Uglies, The Collector's Set: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras (Uglies Series) Scott Westerfeld • Barnes and Noble $27.99 1 $27.99
The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Midnight: A Gangster Love Story Sister Souljah • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
No Disrespect Sister Souljah, Souljah • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96

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