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Ms. Swanson from Parker CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Choice in Reading and Seating

Help me give my students reading choices and space to get lost in the reading.

  • $1,005 goal

This project expired on November 17, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach English I, typically 9th grade English, and a literacy intervention class. The students in these courses enter my classroom with a range of literacy abilities and interests. Some of them don't understand why they are still learning English when they are native speakers and "know" how to read and write. These are all opportunities to make literacy instruction that is geared towards making students embrace their own identities in books and writing.

My students are dreamers, doers, and change-makers; they deserve to have access to books and reading nooks that inspired them to challenge themselves.

My students are special because they dream of being mechanics, teachers, doctors, architects, stockbrokers. They love music, dirt bikes, and horses. They are finding themselves still and reading will help them to identify who they want to be and develop empathy for others. Reading texts with content that is geared towards their age group and interests will also allow them to reach their dreams because being literate opens doors and provides opportunities for them to be whoever and do whatever they want in the future.

My Project

The materials will provide reluctant readers with choice in their reading and space to engage in reading with. The book club texts will allow for students to read more recent and relevant texts while also finding joy in the reading.

My job as a literacy teacher is to bring the why and how to literacy; choice in books provides the map to both.

“...Shouldn't schools be the place where students interact with interesting books? Shouldn't the faculty have an ongoing laser-like commitment to put good books in our students' hands? Shouldn't this be a front-burner issue at all times?”

― Kelly Gallagher, Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Flash Furniture Bar Height Table and Stool Set - YB-YJ922-GG • Amazon Business $95.65 1 $95.65
Milliard Reading Pillow with Shredded Memory Foam, Great As Backrest for Books Or Gaming- 18x15 inches (Sit up Pillow) • Amazon Business $29.99 3 $89.97
HIGOGOGO Solid Square Seat Cushion, Tufted Thicken Pillow Seat Corduroy Chair Pad Tatami Floor Cushion for Yoga Meditation Living Room Balcony Office Outdoor, Grey, 22x22 Inch • Amazon Business $36.89 2 $73.78
Novogratz by Momeni VILLAVI-07AQA2030 Villa Cavallo Indoor Rug, 2' X 3', Aqua • Amazon Business $19.80 1 $19.80
Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History (Graphic History Series) • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Mud, Blood And Motocross • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Killer Air (Mud, Blood and Motocross) (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Crash And Burn (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
How It Went Down • Amazon Business $14.80 1 $14.80
Illegal • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Poet X • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Refugee • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains • Amazon Business $12.62 1 $12.62
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
Internment • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Two Men and a Car: Franklin Roosevelt, Al Capone, and a Cadillac V-8 • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Swing (Blink) • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Wise Young Fool • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
Lu (Track) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Give Me Some Truth • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Under the Feet of Jesus • Amazon Business $11.15 1 $11.15
The Marrow Thieves • Amazon Business $11.11 1 $11.11
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.02 1 $11.02
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.02 1 $11.02
All American Boys • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Ask Me No Questions • Amazon Business $10.65 1 $10.65
Wolf by Wolf: One girl’s mission to win a race and kill Hitler • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Heretics Anonymous • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
The Astonishing Color of After • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazis • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Kids of Appetite • Amazon Business $9.37 1 $9.37
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
If I Ever Get Out of Here • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Stolen • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
The Sun Is Also a Star • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Every Day • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Female of the Species • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Thousandth Floor • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) • Amazon Business $6.75 1 $6.75

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