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Ms. Nelson from Escondido CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Connecting Students to the Opportunity to Succeed Through Reading

Help me give my students access to classroom copies of the novel, Esperanza Rising, a novel at an appropriate reading level and culturally-relevant to their lives, in order to help them develop a lifelong love of reading.

  • $362 goal

This project expired on January 23, 2019.

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My Students

My wonderful special ed students are hardworking and resilient. They have had to overcome a number of challenges many of us could not imagine and yet, they come to school each day with a love of learning and a desire to do their best. Many of my students are English Learners and are working hard to become proficient in English as well.

My students need help accessing learning materials in a way that is meaningful to them, that they can relate to their own life experiences and at a grade-level appropriate to where they are academically, rather than simply based on their age.

My Project

The class set of Esperanza Rising novels, teaching guides and audio tapes will allow my students to meet grade-level standards with lexile-appropriate reading materials they can access, analyze and enjoy. Students will practice identifying and analyzing narrative features such as characterization, plot, setting and theme. In addition, the subject matter, the characters and many of the struggles in the novel are all relatable to my students' everyday lives.

By reading literature that my students can understand and connect with, a love of learning and reading can be cultivated by my self-proclaimed "non-readers" who previously have not had access to books that are best suited to their reading levels.

Ms. Nelson
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Esperanza Rising (McDougal Littell Library) • Amazon Business $6.29 24 $150.96
Esperanza Rising • Amazon Business $21.54 3 $64.62
Esperanza Rising Teacher Guide - complete unit of teaching lessons in grade 6-8 for the novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Esperanza Rising: An Instructional Guide for Literature (Great Works) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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