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Mrs. Koskela from Granada Hills CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Developing Reading and Writing Skills Through High-Interest Books

Help me give my students more books that have characters with whom they can relate. These books have athletes, immigrants, seniors trying to plan their futures, young people with troubled families, and more.

  • $559 goal

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My Students

My students are wonderful, but many of them have lost the love of books and stories that they had in elementary school. In addition, while they are extremely social online, they could use more small group interaction to practice their speaking and listening skills. I believe that having them participate in book groups with high-interest texts would benefit them in both areas. I am hoping to rekindle an appreciation for the written word by letting them choose their books.

My Project

I have been developing my classroom library over the last couple of years, and I have noticed that the most popular books are those in which students can relate to the protagonists.

For that reason, the protagonists in the books I am requesting are all teenagers or young people.

In these books, the students will find basketball and soccer players, children on both sides of the fence (literally) in the Holocaust, children separated by parents who come to this country to try to build better lives for them, children torn apart by dysfunctional families, high school students solving a murder of one of their own, high school seniors trying to figure out what to do with their futures, and more.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Distance Between Us • AKJ Education $13.13 8 $105.04
The Sun Is Also a Star • AKJ Education $13.86 4 $55.44
One of Us Is Lying • AKJ Education $13.13 4 $52.52
Booked • AKJ Education $12.40 4 $49.60
The Crossover • AKJ Education $9.38 4 $37.52
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $7.29 4 $29.16
Darkness Before Dawn • AKJ Education $6.56 4 $26.24
All the Broken Pieces • AKJ Education $5.83 4 $23.32
Tears Of A Tiger • AKJ Education $5.83 4 $23.32

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