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Ms. Nummelin
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Creating a Reading Corner in an Urban ESL Classroom

My students need the books and furniture in this request to create a reading corner for our ESL classroom.

My Students

My students come to my classroom by way of 6 continents, profound life experiences, and with a strong desire to learn. We are an urban high school in a neighborhood of Boston and have about 750 students in total. I teach about 100 of them in my three history classes for ESL students (who are learning English as a second language), my “newcomers” advisory of students who recently immigrated to the USA, and my one AP psychology class.

My students astound me everyday with their drive to succeed and take in as much as they can about the world around them.

I am truly optimistic for the future because these young men and women are the leaders of tomorrow. My students deserve an education without limits and I am determined to make this possible. Thank you for visiting this page and learning more about my class!

My Project

Thank you so much for reading about my project, "Creating a Reading Corner in an Urban ESL Classroom.” I teach 3 sections of ESL US History and one “newcomers” advisory section at a school in Boston, Massachusetts and I have the dream of creating a reading corner in our classroom. This reading corner would provide a welcoming and encouraging environment for students to read during independent work time and also a small library from which students could borrow books.

This reading corner will provide a space for my students to expand their learning of English and will also encourage independent reading.

The rug and beanbag chairs will provide a comfortable place for students to sit and read during advisory and independent reading time. A lamp is included in the request to cultivate adequate lighting for our reading corner. I have also requested a small bookcase and numerous books asked for by students including young adult fiction titles and books from the “Who Is” series. My students also requested some popular young adult books in Spanish and French so even if their English skills are lower, they can still enjoy the books. Many of my students had difficult journeys getting to the US, and work long hours outside of school; they deserve a comfortable and encouraging place to enjoy reading and using their English skills. Thank you for considering a donation to my project!

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ottomanson Paterson Collection Contemporary Moroccan Trellis Design Lattice Area Rug, 5'3"x7'0", Grey • Amazon Business $38.57 1 $38.57
Sunllipe LED Torchiere Floor Lamp - 70 Inches Sturdy Standing 9W Integrated LED Energy Saving Uplight for Living Room, Dorm, Bedroom, and Office - White • Amazon Business $36.99 1 $36.99
Big Joe Duo Chair, Blue • Amazon Business $32.87 1 $32.87
Big Joe Milano Bean Bag Chair, Stretch Limo Black • Amazon Business $29.98 1 $29.98
Sauder Beginnings 3-Shelf Bookcase, Soft White • Amazon Business $26.50 1 $26.50
Hunger Games - Tome 2 : L'embrasement [ edition poche ] (French Edition) • Amazon Business $22.16 1 $22.16
En Llamas (Hunger Games) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $17.78 1 $17.78
Divergente (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.69 1 $16.69
Sinsajo (Hunger Games) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.03 1 $16.03
The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Los Juegos del Hambre (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Far from the Tree • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Calling My Name • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.51 1 $12.51
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.65 1 $10.65
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $10.37 1 $10.37
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
Will Grayson, Will Grayson • Amazon Business $8.37 1 $8.37
Looking for Alaska • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
An Abundance of Katherines • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Paper Towns • Amazon Business $7.76 1 $7.76
Who Was Sacagawea? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Is Hillary Clinton? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Maya Angelou? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Frederick Douglass? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Rosa Parks? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Bob Marley? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Nelson Mandela? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Louis Armstrong? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Jesse Owens? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Is Michelle Obama? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Susan B. Anthony? • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97
Who Was Amelia Earhart? • Amazon Business $5.90 1 $5.90
Who Is Barack Obama? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.58 1 $5.58
Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.09 1 $5.09
Who Was Jackie Robinson? • Amazon Business $4.71 1 $4.71
Who Was Roberto Clemente? • Amazon Business $4.35 1 $4.35
Who Was Babe Ruth? • Amazon Business $4.27 1 $4.27
Who Was Muhammad Ali? • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29

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