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Ms. Anderson from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Classic Literature for Independent Readers

My students need classic literature that will spark their imaginations and enable them to understand the past with more empathy.

  • $679 goal

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My Students

My students want to find themselves in a variety of books--books they relate to, books that spark their imaginations, and books that just feel weird and unusual. My students have significant independent reading time, and recently, they have begun asking for classics. I have many contemporary and YA books on my shelves, but a number of my students are also interested in reading options that, even 40 or 50 years after publication, will continue to engage them.

My students come from all over the South Side, and they bring their experiences, their dynamic energy, and curiosity, and their drive to learn and grow to the classroom each day.

My students are open and speak freely in our school, which makes the teacher-student relationship an honest relationship to facilitate deep learning.

My Project

After a few years of independent reading, many of my students are starting to feel like deep, successful, curious readers. Some of these students crave books that will transport them to other times and places and ways of being.

These books can help my students broaden their perspectives as they read outside their comfort zones.

These books are all accessible and relevant, but many of my students have never grappled with questions of childhood in the same vein as Wendy and Peter Pan, and while many of my students are immigrants or 1st generation citizens, reading about German immigrants in the 1920s in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will help them understand the immigrant experience with a wider lens. And, for my students who love action and adventure, titles like "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Sherlock Holmes" will pique their interests. These books vary widely, but that means that these classics will also speak to a wide variety of independent readers.

Ms. Anderson
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Peter Pan (Word Cloud Classics) • Amazon Business $12.74 3 $38.22
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay • Amazon Business $11.55 3 $34.65
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.32 2 $30.64
The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.29 2 $30.58
If Beale Street Could Talk • Amazon Business $14.95 2 $29.90
The Count of Monte Cristo (Word Cloud Classics) • Amazon Business $13.46 2 $26.92
The Good Earth (Oprah's Book Club) • Amazon Business $13.35 2 $26.70
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Modern Classics) • Amazon Business $12.91 2 $25.82
Written on the Body • Amazon Business $12.76 2 $25.52
The Three Musketeers (Word Cloud Classics) • Amazon Business $12.64 2 $25.28
The Fire Next Time • Amazon Business $12.56 2 $25.12
Invisible Man • Amazon Business $12.39 2 $24.78
Les Misérables (Modern Library Classics) • Amazon Business $12.23 2 $24.46
The Willows in Winter (Tales of the Willows) • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
The Metamorphosis (Modern Library Classics) • Amazon Business $11.26 2 $22.52
The Stranger • Amazon Business $11.16 2 $22.32
Beloved • Amazon Business $10.87 2 $21.74
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales (Word Cloud Classics) • Amazon Business $10.19 2 $20.38
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (with illustrated) - Original Version: By Kenneth Grahame : Author Of “The Golden Age,” “Dream Days,” Etc. (Volume 7) • Amazon Business $8.90 2 $17.80
Dracula • Amazon Business $8.89 2 $17.78
W. E. B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics) • Amazon Business $4.95 2 $9.90

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