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Ms. Kravetz from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Exciting Genre to Engage Reluctant Readers: Urban YA Lit!

My students need 39 teen fiction books, including works by Walter Dean Myers, Paul Langan and Sharon Draper.

  • $429 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

"Teenagers DO want to read, if we make the right books available! I teach 10th grade Reading/Writing Workshop to students in an inner-city alternative school. Most of my students read below grade level and my class is designed to reach students who might not embrace reading without a nurturing and engaging setting. My goal is to help them love reading and to create life-long readers, writers, and learners.

Most of the books available through the department of education are classic school texts that students associate with their struggles with reading and not with pleasure. Given these choices, most of my kids check out during reading time. However, when presented with choices that truly interest them, I'm finding that my students will really embrace reading. However, many young adult books don't provide a lot to connect with for students of color and we've been limited to a few key authors, most of whom have been presented to kids many times already. The books they bring in that are marketed as "urban fiction" are often poorly edited and inappropriate for teenagers.

However, I've recently noticed the emergence of an exciting new genre - Young Adult Urban Fiction that is edited, polished, and appropriate for young teenagers! Much to my excitement, I'm finding entire series of books that are about kids of color going through the things teens want to read about - love, relationships, school issues - and it's so exciting to finally be able to hand students books with covers that appeal to them, characters they can actually relate to, and by authors they've yet to discover.

Your help will make it possible for my students to perceive reading as something they can connect to and books as tempting and exciting. And, of course, reading every, single day will help them be ready for college. And I want to see every one of my students go to, and be successful in, college. Thank you so much for reading this proposal.

Ms. Kravetz
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 20 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fast Life (Kimani Tru Series) Cassandra Carter • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Jason and Kyra Dana Davidson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
16 Isn't Always Sweet (Kimani Tru Series) Cassandra Carter • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Chasing Romeo (Kimani Tru Series) A.J. Byrd • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Pushing Pause (Kimani Tru Series) Celeste O. Norfleet • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Keysha's Drama (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
If I Were Your Boyfriend (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Lesson Learned (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Hallway Diaries: How To Be Down\Double Act\The Summer She Learned To Dance (Kimani Tru Series) Felicia Pride, Karen Valentin, Debbie Rigaud • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
How to Salsa in a Sari (Kimani Tru Series) Dona Sarkar • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Tyrell Coe Booth • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Until We Meet Again (Bluford High Series #7) Anne Schraff, Anne E. Schraff • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Summer of Secrets (Bluford High Series #10) Paul Langan • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Payback (Bluford High Series #6) Paul Langan • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Lost and Found (Bluford High Series #1) Anne Schraff • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
145th Street: Short Stories Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Brothers in Arms (Bluford High Series #9) Paul Langan, Ben Alirez • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Someone to Love Me (Bluford High Series #4) Anne Schraff, Paul Langan (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Hoops Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Played Dana Davidson, Tk (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
November Blues Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
Girl Like Me Ni-Ni Simone • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Shortie Like Mine Ni-Ni Simone • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
The Hoopster Alan Lawrence Sitomer • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The Outside Shot Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Homeboyz Alan Lawrence Sitomer • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Black and White Paul Volponi • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Chanda's Secrets Allan Stratton • Barnes and Noble $10.75 1 $10.75
Staying Pure (Payton Skky Series #1) Moore, Stephanie Perry-Moore • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Street Love Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
What They Found: Love on 145th Street Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Imani All Mine Connie Rose Porter • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Sober Faith (Payton Skky Series #2) Moore, Stephanie Perry-Moore • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Nothing But Drama ReShonda Tate Billingsley • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Work What You Got Stephanie Perry Moore • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Friends 'til the End ReShonda Tate Billingsley • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Game Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Blessings in Disguise ReShonda Tate Billingsley • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Hotlanta Denene Millner, Mitzi Miller • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09

Materials cost

$296.91

Vendor shipping charges

$29.69

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.42

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$351.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$77.05

Total project goal

$428.05

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$428.05

3 Donors

-$206.44

Donations toward project cost

-$175.47

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.97

match offer

-$206.51

Match offer toward project cost

-$169.34

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$37.17

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.55

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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