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Ms. Welch from Champaign IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Broadening Our Horizons With Nonfiction Texts!

Help me give my students access to a wide variety of nonfiction texts. Nonfiction may be the hardest genre to engage young readers in and having a large variety of engaging books will help!

  • $596 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach 7th-grade reading and reading intervention. My students are so unique and intelligent! We are lucky to have such diversity in our school and our staff strives to use our cultural diversity to drive culturally relevant instruction.

Our school serves a 60% low-income student body which undoubtedly affects the way we teach our awesome students.

Because of our students' financial shortcomings, we often see them coming to school without the proper resources to be successful middle school students.

Our students are not only racially and financially diverse, but they are also VERY intellectually diverse. I teach students who read as low as a 3rd-grade reading level and as high as a 12th-grade reading level. This range in reading ability creates many challenges for my self-funded library to accommodate.

My Project

Immigrants, athletes, presidents, murderers... what do all these things have in common? They have the most interesting stories! Please consider helping me grow the smallest section of my self-funded library: the nonfiction section! As I begin planning my fourth quarter nonfiction unit, I worry that students will miss out on the opportunity to engage with exciting nonfiction texts.

I serve a very diverse student body and hope to present them with nonfiction texts that represent their lives.

Not only does this book selection allow them to read about characters like themselves, but it also provides stories of people who may be different from them. With stories of young adults who are immigrants, LGBTQ+, or of a ​racial minority, students in my classroom can learn to become more understanding and accepting of those who may be different than them.

My students' love for reading has grown immensely this year and I hope to now push them out of their comfort zones to read nonfiction texts. Please consider donating to the most deserving students. They are so excited to read and are pushing themselves hard this year to learn new things and I know these books will help them do just that.

Ms. Welch
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 3 $37.77
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans • Amazon Business $9.83 3 $29.49
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans • Amazon Business $9.83 3 $29.49
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon • Amazon Business $9.09 3 $27.27
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCD • Amazon Business $7.98 2 $15.96
Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High • Amazon Business $2.80 5 $14.00
Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games • Amazon Business $13.58 1 $13.58
Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts • Amazon Business $13.51 1 $13.51
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Chasing Lincoln's Killer • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage • Amazon Business $11.34 1 $11.34
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage • Amazon Business $11.34 1 $11.34
Muhammad Ali: The King of the Ring (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $11.30 1 $11.30
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Deep Water (Simon True) • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15

Materials cost

$469.37

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.04

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$506.41

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$89.37

Total project goal

$595.78

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$595.78

6 Donors

-$595.78

Donations toward project cost

-$506.41

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$89.37

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$0.00

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