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Ms. Langton from Napa CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Stamina, Depth Through Access and High-interest Reading!

My students need access to high interest low readability books and lots of them. Graphic novels are a way to get all kids reading more and reading often.

  • $674 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students from my school come from a diverse set of backgrounds. As many as 60% are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and many more students are not currently reading on grade level.

That being said, students are hungry for a chance to read, understand, learn, and grow their skills.

Fortunately for our kids, we are living in a day and age where many graphic novels are being published on both classic and modern literature. This makes reading for so many of them actually accessible.

A few years ago I got to see another teacher engage her students in the 40 Book Challenge inspired by Donalyn Miller. The benefit that I received from these teachers were students that not only wanted to read, but wanted to engage more readily with difficult texts and meaningfully interact with complicated texts. Their intellectual growth in all areas was ten fold. I watched previously passive readers turn to insistent consumers of knowledge. This was nothing short of transformative!

My Project

I recently asked for several high interest books through another grant and when I received the books I took time to book talk them in all of my classes and the kids went wild. I told them that they couldn't check them out until the next day during our milk break in order to make it fair for all my classes. I was shocked to see several kids lined up at my door as I arrived at school. When I approached them they told me that they just couldn't wait to get reading the book they had chosen the day before.

High interest and access to books is the key to getting kids to devour books on their own.

All you have to do is set the scene, and the students will do the rest. Penny Kittle the reading guru states,

Penny Kittle states, “I believe every child in America needs access to books that will keep him or her turning pages, racing to the end, discovering new ideas, and learning to understand the diversity in our world. I believe all children deserve books they can and will want to read and teachers who will guide them to improve as readers. (169).

Students devour great books when the culture of the classroom revolves around the reading, talking and writing about books. I have watched the culture of a classroom and a school change from one of non-reading to one where each and every student finds the value in the stories that are found within the covers of a great book. My students will use these books to find stories that allow them to escape their everyday lives, push them to think about the world around them and let them roam the lives of the characters they find within.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scott Pilgrims Precious Little Boxset • Amazon Business $39.38 1 $39.38
Romeo and Juliet • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
War Brothers: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
Speak: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $13.51 1 $13.51
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Wishtree • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
This One Summer • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Bronze and Sunflower • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
Teen Titans Go! Vol. 1: Party, Party! • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Gotham Academy: Second Semester Vol. 1: Welcome Back • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal • Amazon Business $11.54 1 $11.54
Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
All's Faire in Middle School • Amazon Business $11.18 1 $11.18
The Wild Robot Escapes • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Nimona • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
The Last Kids on Earth • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Frazzled #2: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes • Amazon Business $10.09 1 $10.09
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Beautiful: A Girl's Trip Through the Looking Glass • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why (Ms Marvel: Marvel Now!) • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Hero • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Hamster Princess: Whiskerella • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
Girl Mans Up • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom • Amazon Business $8.08 1 $8.08
Cinderella's Other Shoe • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One • Amazon Business $7.84 1 $7.84
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 1) • Amazon Business $7.63 1 $7.63
Invisible Emmie • Amazon Business $7.61 1 $7.61
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
The Fourteenth Goldfish • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
A Hundred Horses • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dragonbreath #1 • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Graveyard Book • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Spotlight Soccer (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Crenshaw • Amazon Business $4.63 1 $4.63
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures • Amazon Business $4.37 1 $4.37

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