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Ms. Stahl from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building an Independent Love for Reading

Help me give my students an independent library with titles that will spark their love for reading and support their comprehension skills.

  • $443 goal

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My Students

My students are all high school students and English Language Learners. They arrived in the United States within the last three years and enrolled in high school for an opportunity at a better life. Many of our students come to America alone and must work full time as well to support themselves.

My students have spent two years studying English and are at a turning point in their language acquisition as they enter year three.

I want to capitalize on their transition from conversational language to academic language by ramping up their access to written and academic language. I have spent the past two years focusing my instruction on building reading skills for ELLs and want to add a layer of independent reading to the curriculum. My hope is that consistent exposure to language and independent practice will help solidify their critical thinking a when taking in written information in English.

My Project

I spent three days this summer doing an intensive workshop for struggling readers. Since my students are English Language Learners many of these strategies support their development. The most significant take-away I gained from this professional development was that students can't improve their reading skills if they don't practice.

Having spent the past two years focusing my instruction on building reading skills for ELLs, I realize that I must create ways for them to apply these reading skills on their own.

Therefore I would like to start an independent reading program in my classroom. My hope is that consistent exposure to language and independent practice will help solidify their critical thinking a when taking in written information in English.

This project is designed to help me kickstart my library by being able to set up a visually appealing library with engaging books so that my students can buy into the instructional practice from September and continue it throughout the year.

Ms. Stahl
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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

This project will reach 85 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GG965X - Help-Yourself Book Bins - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $35.99 2 $71.98
The Ultimate Unwind Collection: Unwind; UnWholly; UnSouled; UnDivided; UnBound (Unwind Dystology) • Amazon Business $36.99 1 $36.99
Angie Thomas 2-Book Box Set: The Hate U Give and On the Come Up • Amazon Business $20.96 1 $20.96
Girl in Translation • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Refugee • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
Way to Go • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Top Prospect • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Program • Amazon Business $10.81 1 $10.81
Jacob and the Bee Man • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
A Boy Called Twister (Urban Underground) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Bronxwood • Amazon Business $9.42 1 $9.42
The Final Four • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
Challenger Deep • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Sick • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Game Seven • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
Black and White (Speak) • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Rikers High • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $7.03 1 $7.03
Fake ID • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Rucker Park Setup • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Ghost (1) (Track) • Amazon Business $6.47 1 $6.47
Matched • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97
Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) • Amazon Business $5.02 1 $5.02

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