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  • $373 goal

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Mrs. L.
Grades 9-12
  • Riot Annas Academy
  • Houston, TX
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Classroom Library

The cost of these books is $373, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

I am teacher who teaches Reading Application & Study Skills at a Title 1 school. I teach high school students. 80% of the students who attend this school read below their reading level. 60% of the students who attend this school are students from low economic areas. The school library has been under construction ever since 2005, so the books are not available, only online resources. I am privileged to have notebook computers in my classroom, which helps out a lot. We began this semester reading novels; one of the novels that my department chose for my class to read was Wuthering Heights. When I first introduced the book to the students they were not pleased. The book—being a master prose—was foreign to my students. The vocabulary was difficult for them to understand, and words that should have been on their level were hard for them to make out. I feel the students are not exposed to enough leisure reading. The novels that we are reading now stay in the classroom. I believe in order for a student to really get into reading they would have to read every opportunity they have. I took different measures to help the students understand the book. I think if they were able to check the book out it would make it easier to complete the coursework that is assigned. How can we expect students' vocabulary or reading comprehension to increase if they are not exposed to enough reading material? I believe if the students are allowed to choose a book from the many different topics available then it is more likely that students would succeed in expanding their comprehension and vocabulary. We do a lot of writing in my classroom; the books will also help them develop different topics and ideas for the writing assignments. There are so many things that go on in the world that the students are oblivious to. Because they only see what is on television or what their friends talk about they miss out on a lot of important information that could be very beneficial to them. If we are able to get reading resources that would increase their knowledge, then it could expose them to things they might not have read if the opportunity wasn't presented to them. I would like to get reading materials to begin a class library. The library will not only allow students to read for “fun,” but it will give them an opportunity to expand their knowledge, to expose them to things they otherwise might not have an opportunity to know. I thank you for the time and consideration.

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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 Juan Williams, With Eyes on the Prize Production Team, Julian Bond (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $18.00 1 $18.00
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood Ann Brashares • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans John Bailey • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Black Boy Richard Wright, Jerry W. Ward (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America John H. McWhorter • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
Survival In Auschwitz Primo Levi, Stuart Woolf (Illustrator), Stuart Woolf (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
Brown Girl, Brownstones Paule Marshall, Mary H. Washington • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Know Your World Extra • Weekly Reader $10.50 1 $10.50
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien, Peter Sis (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.00 1 $9.00
Separate Peace John Knowles • Barnes and Noble $8.10 1 $8.10
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood Ann Brashares • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Zoot Suit and Other Plays Luis Valdez • Barnes and Noble $7.20 1 $7.20
Black like Me John Howard Griffin, Robert Bonazzi (Afterword), Preface by John Howard Griffin • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X, Alex Haley, Ossie Davis (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Grass Dancer Susan Power • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Jungle (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Upton Sinclair, Maura Spiegel (Illustrator), Maura Spiegel (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
A Tale of Two Cities (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Charles Dickens, Gillen D'Arcy Wood (Introduction), Noted by Gillen D'Arcy Wood • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
The Mis-Education of the Negro Carter G. Woodson • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Man from the Other Side Uri Orlev, Hillel Halkin (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Cool Salsa Lori M. Carlson (Editor), Oscar Hijuelos (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky (Illustrator), Constance Garnett (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Hiroshima John Hersey • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Frances Goodrich (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Robert Frost's Poems Robert Frost, Louis Untermeyer, Commentaries by Louis Untermeyer • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Hoops Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King Margaret Davidson • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
The Time Machine and The Invisible Man (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) H. G. Wells, Alfred Mac Adam (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45

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