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Mrs. Cruse from Heavener OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Students Together Through Shared Reading

Help me give my students books that will show them that reading can be pleasurable through various genres and lexile levels.

  • $609 goal

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My Students

My classroom is a challenge. Students walk in, possibly, a bit intimidated, but they leave vindicated. My students know that the work ethic in my room will push them to their limits, but that I will give them the tools and the time necessary to help them succeed. My students are some of the best out there.

Students deserve to read stories that reflect their lives.

Our entire school qualifies for free lunches due to income. Students often come to school in weather inappropriate clothes. Many of these instances aren't a full result of neglect, but a different standard of what is socially acceptable. I work with my students to show them that there can be an appreciation of their culture, but also that many companies and schools will require them to modify their work ethic. Our high English Language Learner population also adds in a different cultural element.

My Project

My students need more books! These resources will expand our classroom library and allow our students to pursue their interests with varied genres and book lengths. I'm asking for more non-fiction books, Don't Call me Crazy and Obsesessed.

Students deserve to read stories that reflect their lives.

We will use novels of various genres and reading levels to find ourselves in literature. We will use novels like Not Without My Father to reach readers of all lexile levels. This will also enable some students to "bridge" the gap.

As we have increased classroom reading, it is becoming "cool" to tote a book.

This will expand the options for our students as our school library receives no budget. Reading is the key to everything! This project will assist students with expanding lexile levels and comprehension--something that will enhance school work and the ability for a student to interact with society.

We will use the high-interest books, like Swing and Renegades, in addition to graphic novels to reach students.

Mrs. Cruse
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 338 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Olympians Boxed Set: Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon & Aphrodite • Amazon Business $43.94 1 $43.94
A Novel Approach: Whole-Class Novels, Student-Centered Teaching, and Choice • Amazon Business $27.31 1 $27.31
Soccer Smarts: 75 Skills, Tactics & Mental Exercises to Improve Your Game • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Gym Candy • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices) • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace • Amazon Business $15.75 1 $15.75
Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer • Amazon Business $15.60 1 $15.60
Orphan Monster Spy • Amazon Business $15.05 1 $15.05
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Renegades • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Chasing Lincoln's Killer • Amazon Business $14.12 1 $14.12
Legend: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
Speak: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Archenemies (Renegades) • Amazon Business $13.51 1 $13.51
Swing • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father • Amazon Business $12.83 1 $12.83
It's Not Summer Without You (The Summer I Turned Pretty) • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
The Hazel Wood: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
The Wicked Deep • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Time Bomb • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Damsel • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Legendary: A Caraval Novel • Amazon Business $12.13 1 $12.13
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Stealing Snow • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health • Amazon Business $10.17 1 $10.17
The Brokenhearted • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Invisible (Brokenhearted) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
We'll Always Have Summer (The Summer I Turned Pretty) • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
Shoot-Out • Amazon Business $8.82 1 $8.82
Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCD • Amazon Business $8.60 1 $8.60
The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81

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