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Ms. Alexander from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Library

The cost of the books is $563, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $563 goal

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I teach English III (American Literature) at an inner-city alternative high school that does not even have a library. I would estimate 90% of my students have not read a book since elementary school if then. Many of them excitedly proclaim after finishing a book "That is the first book I have ever read!”. As an educator, I understand that reading fluency is essential for a child to be able to function in all their different disciplines and to be able to do well on any test. For that reason and because I am dedicated to helping my students become lifelong learners, thus lifelong readers, I began to buy a few books every pay check at used book stores. Many of the books I have purchased are tattered and several of the favorites get stolen on a regular basis (putting me on a search for that book for the irate students who are in the middle of reading the stolen book). I do have to buy what is offered at the used book stores, so would like to purchase where I can select books that I know they would love. I would like to purchase paper back high interest books for my students to read. We read everyday for twenty minutes and then they write in their journal about the book. Some of my “stolen” books are floating openly around the school which excites me to think I have instigated reading school-wide, and I find it humorous that they unashamedly are reading a “stolen” book. Possibly the thought of being a reader overrides their question about where the book comes from. Maybe the person who took the book just assumes I want it read however and whenever; which I do! It is also exciting to have students who are reading or have read the same book begin to share their thoughts on the book, again developing the love for reading. As a single woman on a teacher's salary, I have found myself spending way more than I can really afford for these books, so to find a resource to help me, thrills me! I hope my proposal is funded so I can continue to put enjoyable books in the hands of my students.

Ms. Alexander
Grades 9-12
  • Riot Annas Academy
  • Houston, TX

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Blue Rage, Black Redemption Stanley Tookie Williams • Barnes and Noble $22.49 1 $22.49
Halle Berry: A Stormy Life: The Unauthorised Biography Frank Sanello • Barnes and Noble $22.45 1 $22.45
A Story of Suffering and Hope: Lessons from Latino Youth Eileen McNerney • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Once a King, Always a King: The Unmaking of a Latin King Reymundo Sanchez • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King Reymundo Sanchez, Rey Sanchez • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Autobiography of My Dead Brother Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Breakup Buddy Greg Behrendt, Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt • Barnes and Noble $13.96 1 $13.96
Preacher's Son Carl Weber • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Redeeming Love Francine Rivers • Barnes and Noble $13.49 1 $13.49
Dutch Teri Woods • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
B-More Careful Shannon Holmes • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Atonement Child Francine Rivers • Barnes and Noble $12.59 1 $12.59
No Disrespect Sister Souljah, Souljah • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
My Brother's Keeper Reshonda Tate Billingsley • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
Do or Die: For the First Time, Members of America's Most Notorious Teenage Gangs-the Crips and the Bloods-speak for themselves Leon Bing, Preface by Leon Bing • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
Who I Am: Diary of a Teenage Girl Melody Carlson • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
When I Was Puerto Rican Esmeralda Santiago • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal (so They Can Look up Your Skirt): A Dad's Advice for Daughters Philip Van Munching, Katie Couric (Illustrator), Foreword by Katie Couric, Katie Couric (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Down These Mean Streets Piri Thomas • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Almost a Woman Esmeralda Santiago • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Last Sin Eater Francine Rivers • Barnes and Noble $10.39 1 $10.39
The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah, Souljah • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream Deloris Jordan, Roslyn M. Jordan, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator), Kadir A. Nelson (Illustrator), With Roslyn M. Jordan • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Jay's Journal Beatrice Sparks • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
The First Part Last Angela Johnson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Who Am I without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives Sharon G. Flake • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Treacherous Love: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager Beatrice Sparks (Editor), Beatrice Sparks • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Kim: Empty Inside: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager Beatrice Sparks • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Durango Street Frank Bonham • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Coach Carter Adapted by Jasmine Jones, Screenplay by Mark Schwahn, Screenplay by John Gatins • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Finding Katie: The Diary of Anonymous, A Teenager in Foster Care Beatrice Sparks (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Handbook for Boys: A Novel Walter Dean Myers, Matthew Bandsuch (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Annie's Baby: The Diary of Anonymous, a Pregnant Teenager Beatrice Sparks, Foreword by Beatrice Sparks • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Life in Prison Stanley Tookie Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
On the Court with... Michael Jordan Matt Christopher • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Greatest: Muhammad Ali Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
On the Court with... Shaquille O'Neil Matt Christopher • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
At the Plate with... Sammy Sosa Matt Christopher, Glenn Stout • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49

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