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Ms. Michalek from Danbury CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Books for Diverse Learners

My students need books of various lexile levels in order to best fit their needs as readers.

  • $273 goal

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My Students

I want all of my students to fall in love with reading. This is a difficult task without a variety of leveled books. My goal is to provide even my most struggling readers with texts they can enjoy and feel successful with.

My students lack many things.

They lack money, stay-at-home parents, and sometimes even homes. My students are in the 7th grade-- the most dramatic and confusing time of one's life. Their lives are messy, emotional, and often depressing. I have a group of very diverse learners. Some students read at a college level while others read 4-5 years below grade level. The majority of my students are English Language Learners-- some have been in the country for less than a year.

My Project

These books will help students of all reading levels, particularly the outliers. It is difficult for a 7th grader who reads at a 2nd grade level to get excited about reading. That is why High Interest-Low Readability books are important. The students who read at much higher levels grow bored of the 7th grade books but aren't interested in classic literature yet. They need high lexile books that match their interest level. Language Learners need books with accessible concepts and pictures to support understanding. All of my students, who are ethnically diverse, deserve to read books with characters they can relate to. In short, these books will help my students fall in love with reading and grow as readers. I want kids to feel proud of what they're reading and what they are accomplishing-- diverse books will make that possible.

The books provided from these donations will help foster a love of reading in my middle school students.

Students will be interested in the texts in my classroom. They will get hooked and feel proud when they finish. They will want another book. Life is better with books-- help make my students' lives better.

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Ms. Michalek
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon $12.83 1 $12.83
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir • Amazon $12.60 1 $12.60
13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon $12.39 1 $12.39
The Young Elites (A Young Elites Novel) • Amazon $11.54 1 $11.54
Abraham Lincoln: From the Log Cabin to the White House: Campfire Heroes Line (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon $11.45 1 $11.45
The 5th Wave • Amazon $11.30 1 $11.30
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • Amazon $9.94 1 $9.94
National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals: Dazzling gems of photos and info that will rock your world • Amazon $9.76 1 $9.76
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon $9.74 1 $9.74
Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words • Amazon $8.54 1 $8.54
Bounce • Amazon $8.16 1 $8.16
Goal-Right Now (Right Now! (Saddleback)) • Amazon $7.95 1 $7.95
Blast-Right Now (Right Now! (Saddleback)) • Amazon $7.95 1 $7.95
Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow • Amazon $7.54 1 $7.54
Tyrell • Amazon $7.35 1 $7.35
Perfect: A Novel • Amazon $7.26 1 $7.26
Thea Stilton and the Mystery in Paris (Geronimo Stilton Special Edition) • Amazon $6.53 1 $6.53
Code Name Verity • Amazon $6.51 1 $6.51
American Born Chinese • Amazon $6.41 1 $6.41
Crash (Heights) • Amazon $6.06 1 $6.06
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two • Amazon $6.00 1 $6.00
Wings (District 13) • Amazon $5.74 1 $5.74
Fighting the Legend (District 13) • Amazon $5.50 1 $5.50

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