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Mr. Belknap from Greendale WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Choice Reading = Engaged Reading

Help me give my students a wide-selection of excellent books (poetry, fiction, memoir) to devour!

  • $167 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Don Graves, legendary writing teacher, reminded us long ago that teenagers want to read - if we let them.

My students are brilliant, but most are dormant readers; my students are hungry for knowledge, but have have been convinced that the only purpose for reading is to achieve a score on a test.

They are curious and funny, they are empathetic and savvy. They challenge me when they don't want to challenge themselves, and they have high expectations that I will guide them in becoming stronger readers, writers, thinkers.

My Project

I want to grow student's reading stamina, interest, and volume, but this is only possible by helping them discover the wide arrange of books that are available to them. So many of my students think reading is just a task assigned by some adult in some school room. Read (or pretend to read), prove your read on a quiz, rinse, repeat.

But I want more for them.

I want to them to identify with characters. To uncover truths. To develop habits of deep thinking. To internalize the moves of powerful writers, to use those moves, too. To lose themselves in books. To develop a lifelong love of reading.

How do we get there? Choice!

Mr. Belknap
Grades 9-12

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Benefits of Being an Octopus • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
We Should All Be Feminists • Amazon Business $6.67 2 $13.34
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Skyscraping • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Grasshopper Jungle • Amazon Business $8.66 1 $8.66
Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across: Poems by Mary Lambert • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Words We Don't Say • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.08 1 $7.08
Walls Around Us • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
H Is for Hawk • Amazon Business $5.22 1 $5.22

Materials cost

$109.67

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.65

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$141.32

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$24.94

Total project goal

$166.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$166.26

2 Donors

-$145.00

Donations toward project cost

-$123.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$21.75

match offer

-$21.26

Match offer toward project cost

-$18.07

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.19

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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