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Ms. O'Shea from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Encourage Independent Reading Habits with a Classroom Library

The cost of 24 different titles from Barnes & Noble including Upstate, Looking for Alaska, and Twilight, two book cases, a package of book pockets, and 500 book cards is $603, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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One of the most important aspects to encouraging the lifelong reader in every student is to provide those students with the opportunity to read a diverse selection of high-interest texts at appropriate reading levels. All too often, high school students are never given a chance to truly enjoy reading. Our Freshman Academy program was intended to encourage each lifelong reader in our classroom. Unfortunately, we lack the monetary support to truly support this goal. There is no classroom library for these students; classroom libraries are constantly cited in research reports as being one of the key components to creating a successful reading program. Our Freshman Academy program is essentially a reading class that every freshman here at Mather High School takes. We read a variety of young adult novels that focus on current and high interest issues. We have been lucky enough to scrounge up a number of class sets of books but have been unable to truly create a classroom library for independent reading. Independent reading choices are severely limited—we ask students to bring reading materials from home, but due to the socioeconomic status of our students this request is often too much to ask. These students need to be surrounded by a literacy rich environment at school because they often don't have the opportunity to be in such an environment anywhere else. In order to create a classroom library, we need at least one bookshelf, a variety of young adult novels, and library book cards and book card envelopes. These materials will allow us to get a jumpstart on the creation of a classroom library. Every Friday, students are provided with the opportunity to choose their own reading material for independent reading. Students are also allowed to check out materials for reading outside of school. This activity is an integral part of our reading program;each of our roughly 500 freshman will be able to access these materials on a daily basis. With this asset in our classroom, we will truly be able to provide students with the opportunity to become highly literate people.

Ms. O'Shea
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HON(R) Open-Front Steel 29quot Bookcase, 2 Shelves, Light Gray • Office Depot Inc. $80.99 2 $161.98
Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager's Story Said Hyder Akbar, Susan Burton • Barnes and Noble $19.96 1 $19.96
Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow Susan Bartoletti • Barnes and Noble $15.96 1 $15.96
Poison Chris Wooding, Manufactured by Orchard Books • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Peeps Scott Westerfeld • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Twilight Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Self Adhesive Narrow Book Pockets, • Highsmith Inc. $14.07 1 $14.07
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, Vol. 4 Eoin Colfer • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Inexcusable Chris Lynch • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Angry Little Girls Lela Lee • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
En el tiempo de las mariposas (In The Time of the Butterflies) Julia Alvarez, Rolando Costa Picazo (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love & Friendship Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Mark Victor Hansen (Editor), Kimberly Kirberger (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: 101 stories of Life, Love and Learning(Chicken Soup for the Soul Series) Jack Canfield (Editor), Kimberly Kirberger, Mark Victor Hansen, Mitch Claspy, Mark Victor Hansen (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV: More Stories of Life, Love and Learning Jack L. Canfield, Kimberly Kirberger, Mark Victor Hansen, Mitch Claspy (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff: Stories of Tough Times and Lessons Learned(Chicken Soup for the Soul Series) Jack Canfield, Kimberly Kirberger, Mark Victor Hansen, Mark Victor Hansen (Editor), Kimberly Kirberger (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Looking for Alaska John Green • Barnes and Noble $11.19 1 $11.19
Upstate: A Novel Kalisha Buckhanon • Barnes and Noble $10.75 1 $10.75
The Return of the Bunny Suicides Andy Riley, Andy Riley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.00 1 $9.00
I Am the Messenger Markus Zusak • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Book Cards, 5x2 in., White, 500/Box • Highsmith Inc. $7.47 1 $7.47
Runaways: Missing: The Good Die Young Brian K. Vaughan, Jo Chen, Adrian Alphona, Adrian Alphona (Illustrator), Craig Yeung (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Before We Were Free Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Antes de ser libres (Before We Were Free) Julia Alvarez, Liliana Valenzuela (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Cuando t a Lola vino (de visita) a quedarse (How Aunt Lola Came to (Visit) Stay) Julia Alvarez, Liliana Valenzuela (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95

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