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Ms. Crichton from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Drop Everything and Read!

My students need 49 young adult books that will stimulate their love of reading.

  • $632 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

When kids discover that reading is fun, they set themselves on a course to become life-long learners. So I was heartbroken when some of my ninth graders told me they have not finished a book since elementary school. I have selected a wish list of high-interest books tailored to their interests.

I teach a highly motivated, ethnically diverse group of ninth graders in an urban public school in New York.

Many of them speak English as a second language, and many are designated as special ed. Most of them qualify for free or reduced price lunch. Few of them spend much time reading on their own at home. That's why our Drop Everything and Read program is so important! It provides students with three hours a week to read a book of their choice in school. They can also sign books out to take home and return.

My Project

Overall, the goal is for students to read what appeals to them, because that's when they become "lost" in their reading. Fortunately, students seem to enjoy reading books that refer to the topics they're learning in class. This summer I used my own money to purchase graphic novels for our heroes unit. They were a huge hit, but now students have read them all! In addition to more graphic novels, students also requested more "scary" and action-packed books. I have also selected several memoirs to supplement an upcoming memoir unit.

The gap in at-home reading is one of the biggest causes of the achievement gap.

Students who read on their own for enjoyment know thousands more words and more complex sentence structures than students who don't. This is one of the major obstacles my students have to overcome. And yet I see every day that they love reading when the right books are in their hands! Please help me build a classroom library that is appropriately challenging and engaging to support these at-risk readers.

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Ms. Crichton
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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8 donors8 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 64 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stardust • AKJ Books $5.59 1 $5.59
City of Bones • AKJ Books $7.69 1 $7.69
The Zombie Survival Guide • AKJ Books $10.49 1 $10.49
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Series #2) Cassandra C • AKJ Books $7.69 1 $7.69
The Monstrumologist (Monstrumologist Series) Rick Yancey • AKJ Books $6.99 1 $6.99
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Lish McBride • AKJ Books $11.89 1 $11.89
The Body Finder Kimberly Derting • AKJ Books $11.89 1 $11.89
Desires of the Dead • AKJ Books $11.89 1 $11.89
Ship Breaker • AKJ Books $6.49 1 $6.49
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War • AKJ Books $10.47 1 $10.47
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) George R. R. M • AKJ Books $6.29 1 $6.29
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) George R. R. Ma • AKJ Books $6.29 1 $6.29
Watchmen • AKJ Books $13.99 1 $13.99
Malcolm X • AKJ Books $11.87 1 $11.87
The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA Mark • AKJ Books $10.47 1 $10.47
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return • AKJ Books $9.77 1 $9.77
My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King • AKJ Books $15.26 1 $15.26
The Woman Warrior • AKJ Books $9.80 1 $9.80
When I Was Puerto Rican • AKJ Books $10.47 1 $10.47
Hunger of Memory (Trade) • AKJ Books $10.50 1 $10.50
Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of • AKJ Books $19.59 1 $19.59
Tupac Shakur Vibe Magazine, the Editors of Vibe Magazine (Ed • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Coming of Age in Mississippi • AKJ Books $5.59 1 $5.59
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance • AKJ Books $10.47 1 $10.47
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl Tanya Lee Stone • AKJ Books $5.59 1 $5.59
Bloom • AKJ Books $6.29 1 $6.29
The Host • AKJ Books $11.89 1 $11.89
Madapple • AKJ Books $6.99 1 $6.99
Speak • AKJ Books $6.99 1 $6.99
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz • AKJ Books $11.20 1 $11.20
The Gangster We Are All Looking For • AKJ Books $10.47 1 $10.47
The Rose That Grew From Concrete • AKJ Books $11.20 1 $11.20
Burned • AKJ Books $7.69 1 $7.69
American Dreams Sapphire • AKJ Books $9.10 1 $9.10
Romeo and Juliet (Manga Shakespeare Series) William Shakespe • AKJ Books $7.67 1 $7.67
Manga Shakespeare: the Tempest • AKJ Books $7.67 1 $7.67
Manga Shakespeare • AKJ Books $7.67 1 $7.67
American Born Chinese • AKJ Books $13.29 1 $13.29
Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set Suzanne Collins • AKJ Books $37.78 1 $37.78
Maximum Ride: The Manga Volume 1 • AKJ Books $9.09 1 $9.09
Maximum Ride: The Manga Volume 2 • AKJ Books $9.09 1 $9.09
Abduction • AKJ Books $4.89 1 $4.89
Revolver • AKJ Books $11.89 1 $11.89
White Darkness • AKJ Books $6.29 1 $6.29
The Dead and the Gone (Life As We Knew It #2) Susan Beth Pfe • AKJ Books $5.59 1 $5.59
Jumped • AKJ Books $11.89 1 $11.89
How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way • AKJ Books $11.87 1 $11.87
Deadly Game Of Magic • AKJ Books $4.17 1 $4.17
Maximum Ride James Patterson • AKJ Books $18.89 1 $18.89

Materials cost

$499.16

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.49

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$536.65

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$94.70

Total project goal

$631.35

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$631.35

8 Donors

-$631.35

Donations toward project cost

-$536.65

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$94.70

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