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Mr. Swanson from Portland OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Crashing the Ceiling with the Classics!

My students need a variety of classic, high level novels, including Animal Farm, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Native Son.

  • $544 goal

This project expired on January 6, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Every student deserves an education that will challenge him or her to make dramatic academic gains. However, I have recently noticed that my advanced learners are not receiving the resources they need to keep moving forward.

I am blessed to teach three classes of amazingly diverse learners.

I've spent a lot of time making sure that my struggling learners have access to resources that will help them get caught up. My students performing on grade level are continuing to make great gains as well. I also have a group of advanced learners who are not being equally served. These are students who are reading and writing above grade-level and are anxious to be challenged. If their talents are not fostered, these students are at-risk of loosing their edge. I refuse to rob these students of a fruitful future by not providing the resources that will allow them to leverage their education towards greatness!

My Project

While I can provide activities and academic goals that will continue to push these advanced students, I do not have the texts that will nurture their rapid growth. I want to get these students invested in books that will engage them and challenge them to continue to grow as readers, so I surveyed friends and educators to try to determine the classic texts that got them invested in reading. Through this research, I was able to compile a list of engaging yet challenging books that will help my advanced readers continue to move forward. The books were also selected to give these students a head start on our school's successful AP program. Getting my students invested in books like To Kill A Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, and The Great Gatsby will help to solidify their accelerated pace and provide the foundations for college success!

Attending a high-needs school should not mean that students should have to compromise their gifts or forgo their right to the resources that will help them grow.

Every student in my class deserves these things. Please help me ensure that I can provide these opportunities to all of my students.

Mr. Swanson
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Separate Peace • AKJ Books $8.88 2 $17.76
Go Tell It on the Mountain • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Great Expectations • AKJ Books $17.76 1 $17.76
Jane Eyre • AKJ Books $17.76 1 $17.76
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn • AKJ Books $6.66 2 $13.32
Great Gatsby • AKJ Books $11.10 2 $22.20
Nineteen Eighty-Four • AKJ Books $12.58 1 $12.58
AnimalFarm (Vinabind) • AKJ Books $15.43 1 $15.43
To Kill a Mockingbird • AKJ Books $12.57 2 $25.14
Lord of the Flies • AKJ Books $7.39 2 $14.78
Wuthering Heights (Classics Deluxe Edition) Emily Bronte, Ru • AKJ Books $11.84 3 $35.52
Things Fall Apart • AKJ Books $8.84 2 $17.68
Catcher in the Rye • AKJ Books $5.17 2 $10.34
Fahrenheit 451 • AKJ Books $5.17 2 $10.34
Of Mice and Men • AKJ Books $6.66 2 $13.32
Cat''s Cradle • AKJ Books $11.10 1 $11.10
Beloved • AKJ Books $11.10 1 $11.10
Frankenstein (Sterling Unabridged Classics Series) Mary Shel • AKJ Books $7.36 2 $14.72
Song of Solomon • AKJ Books $11.10 1 $11.10
Their Eyes Were Watching God • AKJ Books $11.83 1 $11.83
Red Badge Of Courage And Selected Short Fiction • AKJ Books $3.66 1 $3.66
O Pioneers! • AKJ Books $3.66 2 $7.32
Flowers for Algernon • AKJ Books $6.62 3 $19.86
The Old Man and the Sea • AKJ Books $8.88 2 $17.76
A Good Man is Hard to Find • AKJ Books $10.32 1 $10.32
Brave New World • AKJ Books $11.09 2 $22.18
Native Son • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
All Quiet on the Western Front • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
The Invisible Man • AKJ Books $11.80 1 $11.80

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