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Mr. Meservey from Somerville MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Class Library - High School English

Help me give my students a variety of books to fill my classroom library! I'm requesting a diverse selection of books (fiction, non-fiction, mystery, Young Adult, science-fiction, and more!) to spark students' interest in reading!

  • $1,241 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Do you remember sitting in high school, being forced to read a book that you had no interest in reading? I don't want that to happen to my students! I want them to explore different texts that will spark a love of reading. An expanded in-class library will allow them to read and return books at their pace.

Our students attend an urban high school in MA.

The students come from many backgrounds (53 languages spoken at the school). After the release of our school's most recent stellar testing scores, it's even more important to continue with the upward trend of our student body. We have enthusiastic students who want to learn, but the lack of resources is sometimes a hindrance. We've begun the year reading shorter fiction and non-fiction pieces that have interested the students, but an expansive in-class library will allow them to choose books on their own and develop an individual love of reading.

My Project

We are requesting high-interest, grade and reading level appropriate novels that our students will read during their independent reading unit. Their resources are limited, as are ours, and we really want to create or further inspire their desire to read independently. The books that we've requested appeal to upper-middle school and high-school aged students, and represent both high and mid-level reading abilities. They vary from classics to more modern, popular texts. Research has shown that reading is the best way to strengthen all skills that students need to succeed. Our project is important mainly because many of our students come to us with either ambivalence or animosity towards reading, primarily because they haven't read anything interesting to them in school. Many have working parents who may not have time to read with their kids, although they do have the desire. We want to provide for our students opportunities to love reading.

By creating a desire to read, you create a desire to learn.

It is of utmost importance to make our students recognize the value of reading. By allowing them to read interesting, approachable texts, their literacy will improve, as will their desire. Ideally as they move past high school, their reading ability will allow them to read complex college level texts, as well as further thought-provoking ones on their own.

Mr. Meservey
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ken Follett Century Trilogy War Stories Collection 3 Books Set (Fall of Giants, Winter of the World , Edge of Eternity) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Ken Follett Century Trilogy War Stories Collection 3 Books Set (Fall of Giants, Winter of the World , Edge of Eternity) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy • Amazon Business $10.20 2 $20.40
Educated: A Memoir (Random House Large Print) • Amazon Business $20.40 1 $20.40
His Dark Materials Yearling 3-book Boxed Set • Amazon Business $16.67 1 $16.67
His Dark Materials Yearling 3-book Boxed Set • Amazon Business $16.67 1 $16.67
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time • Amazon Business $8.18 2 $16.36
Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) • Amazon Business $16.20 1 $16.20
Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) • Amazon Business $16.20 1 $16.20
Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) • Amazon Business $16.20 1 $16.20
Anna Karenina • Amazon Business $15.51 1 $15.51
The Perks of Being a Wallflower • Amazon Business $7.64 2 $15.28
13 Reasons Why • Amazon Business $7.50 2 $15.00
Looking for Alaska • Amazon Business $7.49 2 $14.98
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 • Amazon Business $14.17 1 $14.17
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 • Amazon Business $14.17 1 $14.17
The Road • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
The Road • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
In the Time of the Butterflies • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
In the Time of the Butterflies • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
Interpreter of Maladies • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Interpreter of Maladies • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court • Amazon Business $13.32 1 $13.32
Paper Towns • Amazon Business $6.49 2 $12.98
Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
The Book Thief • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
The Year of Magical Thinking • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts • Amazon Business $11.26 1 $11.26
Windfall • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club) • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Beloved • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club) • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Beloved • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
A Brief History of Time • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir • Amazon Business $10.68 1 $10.68
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir • Amazon Business $10.68 1 $10.68
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Movie Tie-In Edition) • Amazon Business $10.22 1 $10.22
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Another Brooklyn: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Another Brooklyn: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
The Joy Luck Club: A Novel (Penguin Orange Collection) • Amazon Business $10.02 1 $10.02
The Joy Luck Club: A Novel (Penguin Orange Collection) • Amazon Business $10.02 1 $10.02
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Stargirl (Stargirl Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
The Secret History • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
The Secret History • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
And Then There Were None [TV Tie-in] (The Agatha Christie Collection) • Amazon Business $9.22 1 $9.22
American Sniper [Movie Tie-in Edition]: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
The Upside of Unrequited • Amazon Business $9.15 1 $9.15
Chronicles: Volume One • Amazon Business $9.08 1 $9.08
Chronicles: Volume One • Amazon Business $9.08 1 $9.08
Carve the Mark • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
Ready Player One: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Life of Pi • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Camo Girl • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Camo Girl • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Fault in Our Stars • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Thick as Thieves (Queen's Thief) • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
The Girl on the Train (Movie Tie-In) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
If I Stay • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Speak • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Speak • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance • Amazon Business $5.94 1 $5.94
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance • Amazon Business $5.94 1 $5.94
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game • Amazon Business $5.66 1 $5.66
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game • Amazon Business $5.66 1 $5.66
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley • Amazon Business $5.61 1 $5.61
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley • Amazon Business $5.61 1 $5.61
And Then There Were None • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • Amazon Business $4.58 1 $4.58
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • Amazon Business $4.58 1 $4.58
The Story of My Life • Amazon Business $2.50 1 $2.50
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass • Amazon Business $1.62 1 $1.62

Materials cost

$1,009.58

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$15.14

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,054.72

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$186.13

Total project goal

$1,240.85

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,240.85

16 Donors

-$969.96

Donations toward project cost

-$832.87

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$137.09

match offer

-$261.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$221.85

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$39.15

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$9.89

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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