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Mrs. Westbrook from Charleston SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Libraries Create Critical Readers and Critical Thinkers

My students need to read more, and they need to read independently. One way I can help them reach that goal is to provide them both choice and high interest representative texts for their independent reading.

  • $804 goal

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My Students

Our school offers an advanced curriculum in science and math. The students in my English classes come from diverse backgrounds and diverse experiences. Therefore, many will need help accessing that advanced curriculum. Fostering growth in their critical literacy skills ensures that we can reach that goal together across the curriculum.

To be successful, students need to know how to learn, think, and even write with confidence.

Text rich classrooms and high interest classroom libraries help promote those abilities by encouraging students to read widely, deeply, and independently.

My Project

These books help create a text rich classroom for my students. I have chosen all of these books with adolescents and their interests in mind. I have also chosen books that capture many of the diverse voices and diverse experiences students can learn from by reading good literature. The titles include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir in recognition of the many types of texts students encounter, as well as the varied reading levels in my classroom. Finally, I considered titles recommended by the SC Association of School Librarians as well as titles my students have enjoyed over the past four years of promoting independent reading in my English classes. With this classroom library, students will be able to choose books which will help them continue to enjoy independent reading time and grow as critical thinkers.

Mrs. Westbrook
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Americanah • Amazon Business $14.40 2 $28.80
AIR • Amazon Business $13.56 2 $27.12
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions • Amazon Business $11.66 2 $23.32
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 2 $22.78
The Book of Unknown Americans • Amazon Business $11.26 2 $22.52
Highly Illogical Behavior • Amazon Business $9.50 2 $19.00
The Prodigy: A Novel • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Every Day • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Tell Me Three Things • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Tiger Woods • Amazon Business $15.37 1 $15.37
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Way I Used to Be • Amazon Business $7.48 2 $14.96
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
I Am Still Alive • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Cheerleaders • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
All American Boys • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
The Underground Railroad: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $12.52 1 $12.52
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
The Dangerous Art of Blending In • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants • Amazon Business $10.08 1 $10.08
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $9.71 1 $9.71
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $9.61 1 $9.61
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Will Grayson, Will Grayson • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
The Serpent King • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
Between Shades of Gray • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Milk and Honey • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Night Hoops • Amazon Business $8.94 1 $8.94
Side Effects May Vary • Amazon Business $8.91 1 $8.91
To All the Boys I've Loved Before • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
My Heart and Other Black Holes • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
When We Collided • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Rest of Us Just Live Here • Amazon Business $4.19 2 $8.38
Holding Up the Universe • Amazon Business $8.27 1 $8.27
The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel • Amazon Business $8.23 1 $8.23
Out of My Mind • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Symptoms of Being Human • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dumplin' • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Learning to Swear in America • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Gym Candy • Amazon Business $6.23 1 $6.23
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League • Amazon Business $5.83 1 $5.83

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