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Mrs. Garcia-Sweeney from Saint Louis MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books To Read With The Lights On

My students need 18 teen horror novels to keep my students engaged during independent reading time.

  • $182 goal

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My Students

Do you remember being obsessed with horror movies in middle school? My middle school students are in LOVE with terrifying stories. The problem we face is that our classroom doesn't have any stories scary enough to keep my reluctant readers engaged during reading time.

I teach 7th grade language arts in an urban school in Missouri.

At the beginning of the year many of my seventh graders were reluctant readers. They had not felt success when it came to reading and as result practically refused to pick up a book. I found that the trick is to get books that they are actually interested in. Once I started collecting books by authors such as R.L Stine and Lois Duncan my students became HOOKED. Their reading scores skyrocketed and they realized that reading could be something that is actually enjoyable.

My Project

The problem we face, however, is that they have read all of the scary books we have and are quickly losing momentum when it comes to their reading. We all know that when you play sports you need to practice in order to get better. The same is true of reading. In order to become a better reader, students need to be able to practice reading. The books we are requesting will provide my students with the additional resources they need in order to meet the reading goals they have set this year.

My students are incredibly motivated individuals that make the most progress when they are actually engaged in the material they are reading.

By providing my students with high interest books, you will bring us one step closer to closing the achievement gap for these students and setting them on a better track in life. Without your help it would be impossible for my students to have new books.

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Mrs. Garcia-Sweeney
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sleepless Thomas Fahy • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Dead Man in Indian Creek, The • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
They Never Came Home Lois Duncan • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Daughters of Eve Lois Duncan • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Bad Girls Don''t Die Katie Alender • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Who Killed My Daughter? Lois Duncan • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Summer of Fear • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
A Gift of Magic Lois Duncan • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Brain Jack • AKJ Books $16.37 1 $16.37
The Tomorrow Code • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Hostage • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Kidnappers Mystery • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89
Twisted Summer • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Look For Me By Moonlight • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
The Dollhouse Murders • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series #1) Robert Li • AKJ Books $7.79 2 $15.58
Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings Series #2) Robert Lip • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79

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