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Mrs. Blakeslee from Paterson NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Dreaming Of Reading A Good Book

My students need 25 books each including Milkweed and The Wednesday Wars in order to improve there literacy.

  • $449 goal

This project expired on April 21, 2016.

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My Students

Theodore Roosevelt said, "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." We manage to do a lot with a little in our 8th grade classroom, but imagine what we could do with a little more. We need to raise our reading scores this year. To do that we need quality class sets of novels.

We are in the heart of the inner city.

One hundred percent of our overcrowded classroom is entitled to free breakfast and lunch. Our classroom composition is diverse, except for the fact that 75% of my eager learners are in need of urgent reading intervention. Our librarian's position was cut last year, so now there is no library and no access to books. We have a classroom library, which I constantly try to add to, but I would love to be able to have class sets of quality novels to read in class.

My Project

With class sets of novels for The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt and Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli, I would be able to explore language arts topics such as point of view, author's purpose, and character development, as well as analyzing author's choices. These book both are about young people living in different eras and their experiences, which are vastly different from those of my students. They also incorporate important historical information from the era before World War II as well as the Vietnam era. I could guide my students in their reading, so they get the most out of their books. Without this, I fear they might not develop the love of reading that I hope for them. I have picked two high quality, high interest novels that I feel students could make personal connections to that would allow them to help grow their literacy skills and reading stamina.

Getting lost in a good book is an excellent form of therapy, far superior to that of hours in front of a video game.

My hope is that once the students have the opportunity to fall in love with a book, whether it be because they can relate to one of the characters or the plot, they will want to read more. We all know reading is the key to academic success. The more they read, the better they will read, and the more likely it will be that they pick up a book on their own.

Mrs. Blakeslee
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wednesday Wars, The • AKJ Books $5.83 30 $174.90
Milkweed • AKJ Books $5.83 25 $145.75
Milkweed: A Novel-Ties Study Guide (eBook) • AKJ Books $16.95 1 $16.95
Teacher Guide The Wednesday Wars • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75

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