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Mr. Tinjum from Tulsa OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Literacy Through Student Interest

My students need a varied collection of 50+ books, from "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" to "Animal Farm" to "The Twilight Saga".

  • $745 goal

This project expired on July 2, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

I am an English teacher at a low-income, high-need high school. Though many of my students are brilliant, they lag significantly behind acceptable, national literacy levels.

Though we have an adequate supply of novels, a major method of increasing student literacy is by having them read books of their choice and interest.

I need a significant number of books of student interest to drive their literacy development. By improving the literacy of these high school students reading on a low-level, there is still hope that can reach college-ready levels.

With your help, we can increase and improve the literacy of these students and prepare them for a possible college career.

Mr. Tinjum
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 140 students.

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The Twilight Saga Collection Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $53.95 1 $53.95
Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $36.00 1 $36.00
Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-7) J. K. Rowling • Barnes and Noble $56.50 1 $56.50
Lost and Found (Bluford High Series #1) Anne Schraff • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Payback (Bluford High Series #6) Paul Langan • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Secrets in the Shadows (Bluford High Series #3) Anne Schraff, Paul Langan (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
A Matter of Trust (Bluford High Series #2) Anne Schraff, Paul Langan (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Brothers in Arms (Bluford High Series #9) Paul Langan, Ben Alirez • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Blood is Thicker (Bluford High Series #8) Paul Langan, D. M. Blackwell • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Bully (Bluford High Series #5) Paul Langan • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Summer of Secrets (Bluford High Series #10) Paul Langan • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Until We Meet Again (Bluford High Series #7) Anne Schraff, Anne E. Schraff • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Someone to Love Me (Bluford High Series #4) Anne Schraff, Paul Langan (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
On the Road Jack Kerouac • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
Catch-22 Joseph Heller, Preface by Joseph L. Heller • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo, Dalton Trumbo (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $6.75 1 $6.75
Slaughterhouse-Five: Or, the Children's Crusade, A Duty-Dance with Death Kurt Vonnegut • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
1984 George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Siddhartha (Barnes & Noble Classics) Hermann Hesse, Rika Lesser (Translator), Robert A. Thurman (Introduction), Robert A.F. Thurman (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho • Barnes and Noble $11.99 1 $11.99
Brave New World Aldous Huxley • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Anthem Ayn Rand • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Secret Lives of the U. S. Presidents: What Your Teachers Never Told You About the Men of the White House Cormac O'Brien, Monika Suteski (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
Babylon by Bus: Or, the True Story of Two Friends Who Gave up Their Valuable Franchise Selling Yankees Suck T-Shirts at Fenway to Find Meaning and Adventure in Iraq Ray LeMoine, Jeff Neumann, Donovan Webster • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Bound For Glory Woody Guthrie, Foreword by Pete Seeger • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Barack Obama • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Barack Obama • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir Stanley Tookie Williams, Epilogue by Barbara Becnel, Foreword by Tavis Smiley • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member Sanyika Shakur • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L. A. Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King Reymundo Sanchez, Rey Sanchez • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Tulsa Burning Anna Myers • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High Trilogy #1) Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Forged by Fire (Hazelwood High Trilogy #2) Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Darkness Before Dawn (Hazelwood High Trilogy #3) Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game Michael Lewis • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
Tyrell Coe Booth • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Skin I'm In Sharon Flake, Tk (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel Jack McCallum, L. Jon Wertheim • Barnes and Noble $4.98 1 $4.98
Miracle on 49th Street Mike Lupica • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive Dave Pelzer • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Frederick Douglass, Robert O'Meally (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X, Ossie Davis (Afterword), As Told to Alex Haley • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life Linda Sivertsen, Tosh Sivertsen • Barnes and Noble $9.59 1 $9.59
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad (Editor), David E. Roessel (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $15.96 1 $15.96
Animal Farm George Orwell, C. M. Woodhouse (Introduction), Preface by Russell Baker • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Edgar Allan Poe, Benjamin F. Fisher (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Fifty Dates Worse Than Yours Justin Racz • Barnes and Noble $4.98 1 $4.98
Fifty Days Worse Than Yours Justin Racz, With Alec Brownstein • Barnes and Noble $4.98 1 $4.98

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