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Mrs. McGuire from Katy TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging Reluctant Readers Through Games and Graphic Novels

My students need literacy games to help them to understand their reading and write more clearly. They also need a collection of graphic novels in order to inspire them to read.

  • $961 goal

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My Students

My English students are mostly tenth grade students that qualify for special education services and are served in both the special education and the general education setting. They come from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. I even have a few ESL students that receive both ESL and special education services. Most of my students have a diagnosed intellectual or learning disability, with a few students that fall on the autism spectrum (including one that is non-verbal).

Having such a diverse class of students presents its own challenges in learning - students are on a variety of learning levels, have a variety of disabilities, and communication needs.

It can be difficult to develop and engage all students on a daily basis with diverse and engaging activities.

Our high school is known nationwide for its #1 ranking football team, but we have so many other equally accomplished extra-curricular activities, including athletics, fine arts, and FFA. We have technology available to our students through Chromebooks, iPads, laptops, and desktops for individualized education programs, but lack many hands-on activities and games that are seen in classrooms of lower grade levels.

My Project

This project consists of a variety of literacy educational games and graphic novels to engage my students. By having reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar games, students are able to work on independent skills needed to improve their overall language skills. For example, students with reading comprehension difficulties can play reading games, while others play vocabulary or grammar games.

A great number of my students were affected by Hurricane Harvey (3 of which are still displaced) and they lost not only their belongings and school supplies but also a little bit of their hope.

Our gamified language arts classroom will allow students to regain their sense of hope, interact with each other while having fun and improve both their written and oral language skills. Moreover, graphic novels will help engage reluctant readers with high-interest books that allow students to have a visual representation of difficult literary texts.

Mrs. McGuire
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 26 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GG370 - Reading Comprehension Games Library - Gr. 4-5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $149.00 1 $149.00
AA790X - Reading & Writing Skills Folder Game Libraries Gr. 4-5 - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $129.00 1 $129.00
PP955X - Match & Sort Language Quickies - Gr. 4-5 - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $95.00 1 $95.00
FF359 - The Writing Process Student Folder - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 3 $59.97
GS535X - Vocabulary & Grammar Bingo Series • Lakeshore Learning Materials $45.00 1 $45.00
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) • Amazon Business $27.61 1 $27.61
PP957 - Match & Sort Vocabulary Quickies - Gr. 4-5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
The Wizard of Oz: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales Slipcase • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Dracula The Graphic Novel: Original Text (Classical Comics) • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
Hollow City • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Complete Maus • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
This One Summer • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation • Amazon Business $10.68 1 $10.68
Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel (American English, Original Text) • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Treasure Island: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $10.26 1 $10.26
The City of Ember • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
AR805 - Interactive Language Notebook Reproducible Activities - Gr. 5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.76 1 $9.76
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 1) • Amazon Business $8.18 1 $8.18
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
Anya's Ghost • Amazon Business $7.74 1 $7.74
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Graveyard Book • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74

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