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

Building a Class Library: Books By Request

My students need 34 book titles by authors such as Anthony Horowitz, Rick Riordan and Peg Kehret in order to keep my students engaged during independent reading.

  • $388 goal

This project expired on May 29, 2011.

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My Students

When my students entered my class many of them were reading below grade level. In order to overcome the challenges my students face, we participate in an individualized reading program. The problem, however, is that we do not have enough leveled novels to meet my students various needs.

I teach seventh and eight grade language arts at an inner-city school in Missouri.

Many of my students entered seventh grade reading two or more years below grade level. Despite their reading deficiencies, they are the most motivated and dedicated students that I have ever met. This year they have set huge reading goals. By the end of the year they want to grow a full two years in reading. This reading goal will not only help them get back on grade level, but will also set them on a better track in life.

My Project

In order to meet their learning goals, my students participate in an independent reading program where they are get to choose a book that they are interested in. They then spend an additional two hours practicing the skills we learn in class by applying them to their individual novel. In order to meet the needs of all my students we need more books that are written at various reading levels. This will allow my students to choose a novel that is written at their level so that they do not become frustrated when they are reading on their own. This way they can gradually move on to more difficult books. Additionally, these books have been specifically requested by the students to ensure that they will be excited about reading them.

With your help we can help close the achievement gap for these students.

By supporting my class you will be helping my students to have resources that would otherwise be impossible for us to obtain. You will be providing students with the power to take their education into their own hands by giving them the materials they need to be successful.

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
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5) Jeff Kinney • AKJ BOOKS $7.28 1 $7.28
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Three Volume Boxed Set Rick Riordan • AKJ BOOKS $11.10 1 $11.10
Hero Mike Lupica • AKJ BOOKS $9.39 1 $9.39
The Lying Game (Lying Game Series #1) Sara Shepard • AKJ BOOKS $9.43 2 $18.86
The Name of this Book Is Secret (Secret Series #1) Pseudonymous Bosch, Gillbert Ford (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
11 Birthdays Wendy Mass • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Hold Still Nina LaCour • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Switched (My Sister the Vampire Series #1) Sienna Mercer • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Artemis Fowl 3-book boxed set (The Rise of the Criminal Mastermind) Eoin Colfer • AKJ BOOKS $13.67 1 $13.67
Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story Mary Downing Hahn • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Out of My Mind Sharon M. Draper • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Bone Boxed Set (Books 1-3) Jeff Smith • AKJ BOOKS $18.43 1 $18.43
Independence Hall (I,Q Series #1) Roland Smith • AKJ BOOKS $7.64 1 $7.64
The White House (I,Q Series #2), Vol. 2 Roland Smith • AKJ BOOKS $7.64 2 $15.28
Stories from Wayside School: Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Wayside School is Falling Down, Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger Louis Sachar, Adam Mccauley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.28 1 $12.28
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice Series #1) John Flanagan • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
School of Fear Gitty Daneshvari • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Call (The Magnificent 12 Series #1) Michael Grant • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
How to Steal a Dog Barbara O'Connor • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Full Tilt Neal Shusterman • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Falcon's Malteser (Diamond Brothers Series #1) Anthony Horowitz • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls Series #1) Peter Abrahams • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Journal of Curious Letters (13th Reality Series #1) James Dashner, Bryan Beus (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Eggs Jerry Spinelli • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
My Rotten Life (Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie Series #1) David Lubar • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Jack's Run Roland Smith, Tk (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Zach's Lie Roland Smith • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
I'm Not Who You Think I Am Peg Kehret • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Runaway Twin Peg Kehret • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Hearts at Stake Alyxandra Harvey • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
The Tomorrow Code Brian Falkner • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
The Schwa Was Here Neal Shusterman • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Awakening (Quantum Prophecy Series #1), Vol. 1 Michael Carroll • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Emily Windsnap: Three Swishy Mermaid Tales: Books 1-3 Liz Kessler • AKJ BOOKS $12.28 1 $12.28

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