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Mrs. Oh from Inglewood CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fortnite to Fiction: Engage Struggling Sophomore Readers

My students need books they actually want to read about: sports, war, space, cars, and other fun reading is missing in their curriculum, bookshelves and lives.

  • $274 goal

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My Students

My students are mostly struggling sophomore boys: English Language Learners who have been beaten down by books time and again. My EL students lag behind their peers in every data point: GPA, Lexile scores, and graduation rates. Any why should my students care when Fortnite appeals to them more than fiction?

Boys are told reading isn't fun or cool: when do you see books about sports, cars, or zombies ever taught in the classroom?

So no wonder they don't want to read-they can't find what they like in our classrooms and schools.

Time and again I hear my boys say that books are boring. They ask, "Do you have something about football or basketball? What about cars or war or zombies? Don't you have anything fun?"

Most of my struggling boys have maybe 1 book in their entire household, are starting to work part-time to help their parents financially, and are already several grades behind in achievement. Help these boys get the books they need to develop a life-long skill: the love of reading.

My Project

Think to yourself: do you actually enjoy reading?

If you've ever hated reading, why was that?

And if you do love it, is there a specific book you can remember kicking that off?

So many of my students hate reading because they don't see themselves or their interests in the books teachers have thrown at them. Each of the books listed above has been chosen because of students asking me for them: Miss, do you have books about sports? football? war? What about astronauts? space? cars?

For struggling students, help them find something like they so they can develop their reading and succeed.

In my classroom, students will have 30 minutes of daily pleasure reading to help build a passion for literacy. Without these books, they may never learn to enjoy reading.

Mrs. Oh
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Heaven Is a Playground: 4th Edition • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
American Elsewhere • Amazon Business $14.94 1 $14.94
The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War • Amazon Business $10.74 1 $10.74
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Friday Night Lights, 25th Anniversary Edition: A Town, a Team, and a Dream • Amazon Business $10.11 1 $10.11
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Gone Girl • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
The Martian • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Strange the Dreamer • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
I Am the Messenger • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Old Man's War • Amazon Business $8.57 1 $8.57
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) • Amazon Business $6.75 1 $6.75
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game • Amazon Business $5.66 1 $5.66

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