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Ms. Ketcham from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Empathy and Self-Discovery: Reading for Fun Again

Help me give my students relevant and engaging books to read in class!

  • $599 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are intelligent and hard-working. As 10th graders, they are beginning to develop a strong sense of identity in the world. They love to talk about themselves and I love to read literature with them that helps them think outward: to think critically, develop empathy, and figure out how to be good humans in the world.

Each of my 10th graders will ready at least 3 books on their own throughout the year.

This donors choose will help them find books they can love, to spark their love for reading!

My Project

These books will enrich the classroom library I have for students. All my students practice metacognition with independent reading throughout the year. Many students say they haven't read for fun in years, and they are surprised by how much their reading progresses throughout the year.

By having a set of diverse, interesting, and relevant texts, my students are even more likely to truly engage in their reading and improve their abilities.

A lot of the time, the books and authors available in classrooms or in the curriculum do not match the students' experiences or identities. Having a wider selection of culturally relevant texts will create a more genuine experience for my students.

Ms. Ketcham
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 160 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $11.39 2 $22.78
Anya's Ghost • Amazon Business $17.31 1 $17.31
My Fate According to the Butterfly • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Between the World and Me • Amazon Business $14.55 1 $14.55
The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
Station Eleven • Amazon Business $13.08 1 $13.08
V for Vendetta • Amazon Business $12.83 1 $12.83
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir • Amazon Business $12.46 1 $12.46
Hunger: A Novella and Stories • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
When Dimple Met Rishi • Amazon Business $11.94 1 $11.94
The Hate U Give Collector's Edition • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Supermarket • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
An Ember in the Ashes • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
The Alchemist • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
The Underground Railroad: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Akata Witch • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Americanah • Amazon Business $9.51 1 $9.51
We Are Okay • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Love from A to Z • Amazon Business $8.70 1 $8.70
This Is Where It Ends • Amazon Business $8.57 1 $8.57
Boy Meets Boy • Amazon Business $8.52 1 $8.52
The Sun Is Also a Star • Amazon Business $8.34 1 $8.34
The Kiss Quotient • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
Who Fears Death • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
New Kid • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $7.33 1 $7.33
There There • Amazon Business $7.16 1 $7.16
The Martian • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48

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