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Ms. Stiteler from Minneapolis MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging ALL Readers!

My students need a variety of engaging books that reflect their diverse interests - from graphic novels about hidden doors to nonfiction texts about immigration and boxed sets - there is something for everyone!

  • $592 goal

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My Students

My 8th graders have been working hard and reading voraciously all year long. While the average 8th grader reads around 450,000 words, my students on average have already read around 350,000 words in half the school year. In addition to reading like crazy, these students are making growth like crazy, too. They show up, work hard, ask great questions, and will be our future leaders.

Help support this cohort of diverse learners meet the ambitious goal that we set at the beginning of the year by supporting their voracious reading habits.

Working in a title one school with many students with diverse learning needs means that my resources are limited - including my book budget. I'd like to keep great books in the hands of my students for the rest of the year and ensure that ALL students, regardless of reading level, have access to great books.

My Project

Finding books that you love and topics that interest you is crucial to staying engaged in reading. My students have all explored their reading territories this year and are learning that - even if they don't like a book - they all love to read something. Before sending these 8th graders to high school, I want them each to feel competent as readers and get lost in that magical world of reading. Students have pushed themselves to explore different genres and topics and have amazed even themselves.

By ensuring that all my students have books that engage them, I know that I'm fostering a love of learning that will stretch far beyond the walls of my 8th grade classroom.

Independent reading respects the individuality and autonomy of all learners and gives each student a space to choose their own adventure. Hearing students laugh out loud from a funny line, cry when something sad happens, or enthusiastically recommend a favorite book to a friend fills the school community with joy and a sense of pleasure in reading.

These books will help 90 students on their quests of self-discovery and support many students to come in their love of learning.

Ms. Stiteler
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 90 students.

18 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Matched Trilogy box set • Amazon Business $29.49 1 $29.49
Boxers & Saints Boxed Set • Amazon Business $19.24 1 $19.24
The Sonya Sones Collection: One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies; What My Mother Doesn't Know; What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir • Amazon Business $16.38 1 $16.38
The Complete Persepolis • Amazon Business $16.34 1 $16.34
Daytripper • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
Renegades • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Complete Maus • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
In Real Life • Amazon Business $11.64 1 $11.64
They Both Die at the End • Amazon Business $10.72 1 $10.72
The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) • Amazon Business $10.18 1 $10.18
Explorer (The Lost Islands #2) • Amazon Business $10.13 1 $10.13
The Refugees • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
Saving Red • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Shadow Hero • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
The Female of the Species • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
The Enemy (new cover) (An Enemy Novel) • Amazon Business $8.61 1 $8.61
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story • Amazon Business $8.12 1 $8.12
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Requiem (Delirium Trilogy) • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Pandemonium (Delirium Trilogy) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
Through the Woods • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
Hunger (Gone) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Hidden Doors (Explorer) • Amazon Business $6.90 1 $6.90
Delirium (Delirium Trilogy) • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die) • Amazon Business $6.60 1 $6.60
Gone • Amazon Business $5.92 1 $5.92
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town • Amazon Business $5.92 1 $5.92
Cinder • Amazon Business $5.30 1 $5.30

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