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Mr. Gandy from Seattle WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Class Library to Support Literacy Growth and Love of Reading

My students need a class library of high-interest books to develop their reading skills, and quality guides to help them improve their vocabulary, writing and grammar.

  • $1,327 goal

This project expired on March 14, 2016.

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My Students

Teens today report reading less than any other age group, yet research shows they are consuming media 9 hours a day. I want my students to be strong readers, and the amount of time they spend reading is key to their success. To help them love reading, I need to offer them a choice of great books.

Our school serves diverse youth of low socioeconomic status.

My 9th graders are 94% students of color, primarily of Southeast Asian, East African, and Latino heritage. Many are the children of first-generation immigrants, or have immigrated recently themselves. Therefore, over half of my students' families are not native English speakers, and many are still English Language Learners who are working to develop the literacy skills needed to be college ready. Over 68% of my students come from low-income families and they live in a part of the city known for poverty, crime and lower-academic achievement compared to more affluent areas of the city. A decade ago, less than half of the school's students graduated within 5 years. As a teacher there today, I must work hard to keep students interested in wanting to improve their reading and writing. Engaging, high-quality books are essential to support this work and will help us close the opportunity gap for these underserved youth.

My Project

To promote the value of reading for my students, I will provide daily, free-choice reading time using the books requested here. I need books they WANT to read in my classroom for this to be successful, yet my school has no funds to supply new books. The books I requested are the hottest, current titles for young adult readers, and they will motivate my students to improve their reading. I will be able to conference one on one with them, and help them boost their reading volume and skills, using these books as the fuel for their literacy growth. The grammar, writing, and vocabulary reference books will be invaluable in creating accessible, fun, and much-needed lessons to help them become proficient writers and readers. My school has no instructional resources for grammar and vocabulary, and yet for ELL students it is a critical matter of social justice issue to offer explicit instruction in these areas, so my students have an equal chance of success in their college and career lives.

These materials will help close the opportunity gap for students by sustaining high-volume reading and writing, which is the most effective way to see gains in literacy.

When you look into my room and see students absorbed in great books, it will challenge the notion that teens don't read. These materials will rekindle their authentic love of reading. The writing and vocabulary guides will strengthen their academic English skills, allowing them to pursue colleges and careers of their choice.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rules for Writers, 7th Edition • Amazon Business $40.09 1 $40.09
Writing in Response • Amazon Business $39.75 1 $39.75
Timelines of History • Amazon Business $33.09 1 $33.09
National Geographic Almanac of World History, 3rd Edition • Amazon Business $27.54 1 $27.54
The Little Seagull Handbook, 2nd Edition • Amazon Business $26.65 1 $26.65
Paragraphs for High School: A Sentence-Composing Approach • Amazon Business $26.21 1 $26.21
Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts • Amazon Business $26.00 1 $26.00
National Geographic Visual History of the World • Amazon Business $25.39 1 $25.39
A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking • Amazon Business $22.73 1 $22.73
National Geographic Concise History of the World: An Illustrated Time Line • Amazon Business $21.68 1 $21.68
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition • Amazon Business $20.90 1 $20.90
Sentence Composing for High School: A Worktext on Sentence Variety and Maturity • Amazon Business $19.42 1 $19.42
Grammar for High School: A Sentence-Composing Approach---A Student Worktext • Amazon Business $18.54 1 $18.54
Two Brothers • AKJ Books $18.24 1 $18.24
Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life • Amazon Business $16.55 1 $16.55
The Best Grammar Workbook Ever!: Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage for Ages 10 Through 110 • Amazon Business $16.26 1 $16.26
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Carry On • AKJ Books $13.86 1 $13.86
Six of Crows • AKJ Books $13.86 1 $13.86
The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine, Book Two) • AKJ Books $13.86 1 $13.86
Everything, Everything • AKJ Books $13.86 1 $13.86
Wolf by Wolf • AKJ Books $13.14 1 $13.14
P.S. I Still Love You • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Mosquitoland • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
The Naturals • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Another Day • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Fast Break • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
First & Then • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Ignite Me • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
The Craft of Research, Third Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) • Amazon Business $12.83 1 $12.83
Big Game (FunJungle) • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
The Game of Lives (The Mortality Doctrine, Book Three) • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children • Amazon Business $11.77 1 $11.77
Anya''s Ghost • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Catacomb (Asylum) • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
The Rose Society (A Young Elites Novel) • Amazon Business $11.17 1 $11.17
This One Summer • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files) • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage, 2nd Edition • Amazon Business $10.42 1 $10.42
Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion, Updated Edition • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
Requiem (Delirium Trilogy) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Pandemonium (Delirium Trilogy) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
1100 Words You Need to Know Flashcards • Amazon Business $9.92 1 $9.92
A Rulebook for Arguments (Hackett Student Handbooks) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Through the Woods • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Beowulf-Graphic Novel • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Thank You For Arguing, Revised and Updated Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
UnWholly • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
UnSouled • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
The Only Grammar & Style Workbook You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Practice and Exercise Book for Perfect Writing • Amazon Business $8.44 1 $8.44
Barron's SAT Vocabulary Flash Cards, 2nd Edition: 500 Flash Cards to Help You Achieve a Higher Score • Amazon Business $8.43 1 $8.43
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
1100 Words You Need to Know • Amazon Business $8.32 1 $8.32
The Young Elites • AKJ Books $8.02 1 $8.02
Unwind (pbk) • AKJ Books $7.40 1 $7.40
Blood of My Blood • AKJ Books $7.30 1 $7.30
Shatter Me • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Red Queen • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine, Book One) • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Reached • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Beautiful Darkness • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
The Sky Is Everywhere • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Macbeth (Simply Shakespeare Series) William Shakespeare • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Unravel Me • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Matched • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
The Diamond of Darkhold (Ember, Book 4) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Word Power Made Easy: The Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly • Amazon Business $7.04 1 $7.04
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The People of Sparks: Book of Ember 2 (Books of Ember) • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
Delirium (Delirium Trilogy) • Amazon Business $5.72 1 $5.72

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