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Mrs. Matthews from Hillsboro OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging Books for Reluctant Readers

My students need 70 engaging novels including Football Genius, The Last Dragon Chronicles, and Call Me Maria to improve their literacy.

  • $674 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

At my school, seventh grade is the first year of middle school. It is an exciting time for most students, but for some, especially those who struggle with reading, it can be scary and discouraging. My goal is to help my struggling readers develop the literacy skills they need to flourish.

I am a seventh grade language arts teacher in Washington County, Oregon.

This year, I am teaching classes for struggling readers. My students are not yet reading at grade level and need extra support to catch up to their peers. My goal is that all of my students will read grade-level texts independently by the end of the year. In order to achieve this goal, they will need access to a wide variety of engaging and challenging books. My school is a diverse place. Many of my students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and many of them speak a language other than English at home. For these reasons, it is all the more important that they have access to a rich classroom library and can read books that reflect their interests, abilities, and life experiences. Many of my students are reluctant readers – they have not discovered books that spark their interest –– yet. However, as seventh graders, they are still excited about learning and ready to engage with the right book.

My Project

I am requesting more than 70 new, engaging novels to enrich my classroom library. These novels cover a range of genres including science fiction / fantasy, sports, graphic novels, and novels that reflect the diverse cultural backgrounds of my students. These novels also reflect a range of reading levels, which will make it possible for all of my students to find books that engage and challenge them. Research shows that what below-level readers need most is reading practice. With my newly enriched classroom library, students will be able to find engaging books at the right reading level for them. The time they spend in class reading these books will help students build confidence and a positive attitude toward reading, and, most importantly, hone their reading skills. Ultimately, students will use these books to develop their reading comprehension skills, build their vocabularies, and prepare them to tackle challenging, grade-level texts in all subject areas at school.

My students are ready to become engaged, independent readers; they just need support and good books.

Donations to this project will help create the kind of classroom library that my students need and deserve to flourish as readers. These novels will help spark my students’ love of reading and build literacy skills that they can use in other subject areas and into eighth grade, high school, and beyond.

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Mrs. Matthews
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books 1-8 + The Do-It-Yourself Book • Amazon Business $79.28 1 $79.28
Warriors Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6: The Complete First Series (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin) • Amazon Business $24.62 1 $24.62
Big Nate in a Class by Himself • AKJ Books $9.48 2 $18.96
Bone, Vol.1: Out From Boneville • AKJ Books $9.48 2 $18.96
Matt Christopher (4 bk set) • AKJ Books $16.76 1 $16.76
Gone • AKJ Books $7.29 2 $14.58
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Football Genius • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
The Kill Order (Maze Runner, Prequel) (The Maze Runner Series) • Amazon Business $6.87 2 $13.74
The Maze Runner (Book 1) • Amazon Business $6.29 2 $12.58
La Linea • AKJ Books $5.84 2 $11.68
The Fire Within (Dragon, Book 1) • AKJ Books $5.83 2 $11.66
The Garden of My Imaan • AKJ Books $10.37 1 $10.37
Shoot-Out: Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Bone #6: Old Man''s Cave Jeff Smith, Steve Hamaker (Illustrat • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Bone #5: Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border Jeff Smith, • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Bone #4: The Dragonslayer Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (Illustrato • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Bone: Eyes of the Storm (Bone Series #3), Vol. 3 Jeff Smith, • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Bone Vol 2: The Great Cow Race • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Plague (Gone) • Amazon Business $9.26 1 $9.26
Rules • AKJ Books $4.54 2 $9.08
The Contest • AKJ Books $4.37 2 $8.74
Big Nate • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Hunger • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Lies • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Two-Minute Drill (Comeback Kids) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Big Nate Strikes Again • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Football Hero (Football Genius) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Safe at Home (Comeback Kids) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Football Champ (Football Genius) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Hot Hand (Comeback Kids) • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
Deep Zone (Football Genius) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Big Nate Lives It Up • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Dark Fire • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
If I Ever Get Out of Here • AKJ Books $6.49 1 $6.49
The Big Time (Football Genius) • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Perfect Season (Football Genius) • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98
The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, Book 2) • Amazon Business $5.84 1 $5.84
The Skin I''m In • AKJ Books $5.84 1 $5.84
The Fire Eternal • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Firestar (Dragon, Book 3) • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Icefire (Dragon, Book 2) • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Death Cure (Maze Runner, Book Three) • Amazon Business $5.80 1 $5.80
Big Nate on a Roll • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
Better Nate Than Ever • AKJ Books $5.19 1 $5.19
Ninth Ward • AKJ Books $4.55 1 $4.55
Words in the Dust • AKJ Books $4.54 1 $4.54
Return to Sender • AKJ Books $4.54 1 $4.54
Call Me Maria Judith Ortiz Cofer • AKJ Books $4.54 1 $4.54
The Climb (Everest Book 2) • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
See You Later, Gladiator • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
It''s All Greek to Me • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Tut, Tut (Time Warp Trio) r/i • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Sam Samurai • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Me oh Maya • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64

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