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

Free Voluntary Reading Programming

The cost of multiple books in Spanish, including the Harry Potter series, Huevos Verdes con Jamon, Buenas Noches and more is $827, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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One does not have to look very far to find overwhelming data that reading is key to language learning. Dr. Stephen Krashen, an expert in the field of language acquisition, has published numerous studies describing the effect of free and voluntary reading programs in first and second language acquisition, most of which are detailed in his book, "The Power of Reading". He contends that Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) programs are the most effective ways of building fluency in a language, having an equal or greater effect than traditional reading, writing, and spelling programs. Students need to read, not by force, but by access to a choice of interesting reading materials in Spanish, in order to acquire Spanish. FVR has found great popularity in the foreign language classroom as well as in English classrooms. However, my students do not have access to a great quantity of books nor do they have access to many books (of any kind) at home. I have a small library and I bring in children's books belonging to my own bilingual child, and even though they would not be interested in the same books in English (most would be below their skill level), they enjoy them and are interested in them because they can understand these books perfectly in the foreign language. I would like to create a Spanish-language library for the classroom so that students have the opportunity to read books and magazines of their choice during class. By providing a wide selection of books and magazines geared toward the interests of high school students, I feel that our students would begin to acquire much more Spanish through reading. In my classes I plan to establish a regular reading program. On a weekly basis we will read as a class from a Spanish language reader. Two days per week in Spanish I and II, I will offer several minutes of class time for Free Voluntary Reading during which students may choose a book or magazine to read. One day per week I will read a children's book to the students with discussion in Spanish. This plan is designed to foster an appreciation for reading in the students' second language. I am seeking not to force students to read but rather to provide them with reading material that is interesting enough that they will enjoy reading. The students served by this reading program are high school students (the majority are in the 10th-12th grades) in first through third year Spanish. An FVR program would establish a foundation of language for them to build upon, an interest in and appreciation of Spanish, as well as a love of reading--an asset in any class. Dr. Krashen's research shows that language is learned through varied, repetitive, meaningful and comprehensible input. Input can come through listening or reading. Students would benefit from a classroom library by building fluency through reading. Reading selections in textbooks and in readers laden with footnotes cannot influence this acquisition in the way that a quantity of varied reading materials can. The reading experience in Spanish would be made meaningful through access to materials that are comprehensible and interesting; students are more interested in books that they select themselves. Donations would be used to acquire children's and young adult books and magazines from Scholastic, Inc. and other sources. There are a wide variety of books available ranging in price from $1.00-6.00 each. Priority will be given to less expensive titles in order to have a larger collection to choose from, and to books with simpler language and/or familiar stories, to aid in comprehension.

Mrs. Payne
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter y el c liz de fuego (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) (Harry Potter #4) J. K. Rowling,Nieves Martin Azofra,Adolfo Munoz Garcia • Barnes and Noble $14.85 7 $103.95
Horton Escucha a Quien! (Horton Hears a Who!) Dr. Seuss,Yanitzia Canetti (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Harry Potter y la Orden del F nix (Harry Potter #5) J. K. Rowling,Dolores Avendano (Illustrator),Gemma Rovira Ortega (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $12.59 7 $88.13
El rbol generoso (The Giving Tree) Shel Silverstein,Carla Pardo Valle • Barnes and Noble $11.16 2 $22.32
Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkaban (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) (Harry Potter #3) J. K. Rowling,Nieves Martin Azofra,Adolfo Munoz Garcia • Barnes and Noble $10.80 7 $75.60
Harry Potter y la c mara secreta (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) (Harry Potter #2) J. K. Rowling,Nieves Martin Azofra,Adolfo Munoz Garcia • Barnes and Noble $8.99 7 $62.93
La oruga muy hambrienta Eric Carle • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter Series #1) J. K. Rowling,Alicia Dellepiane • Barnes and Noble $8.99 7 $62.93
Huevos verdes con jam n (Green Eggs and Ham) Dr. Seuss,Aida E. Marcuse,Marcuse Aida (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 3 $26.85
El gato con sombrero viene de nuevo (The Cat in the Hat Comes Back) Dr. Seuss,Yanitzia Canetti (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $8.10 1 $8.10
La Mariquita Malhumorada (The Grouchy Ladybug) Eric Carle,Teresa Mlawer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Donde viven los monstruos (Where the Wild Things Are) Maurice Sendak,Teresa Mlawer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Oso pardo, oso pardo, qu ves ah ? (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) Bill Martin,Eric Carle (Illustrator),Eric Carle (Illustrator),Teresa Mlawer (Translator),Teresa Mlawer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Buenas Noches, Luna (Goodnight, Moon) Margaret Wise Brown,Clement Hurd (Illustrator),Teresa Mlawer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Corduroy (Spanish Language Edition) Don Freeman • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
El conejito andar n (The Runaway Bunny) Margaret Wise Brown,Clement Hurd (Illustrator),Aida E. Marcuse (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Alexander y el dia terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso Judith Viorst,Ray Cruz (Illustrator),Alma Flor Ada (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
Ratoncito de la Moto / The Mouse and the Motorcycle Beverly Cleary,Louis Darling (Illustrator),Lydia Netto (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Me llamo Mar a Isabel (My Name Is Mar a Isabel) Alma Flor Ada,K. Dyble Thompson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Un caso grave de rayas (A Bad Case of Stripes) David Shannon • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Armadillo, el Chismoso (Armadillo Tattletale) Hellen Ketteman,Keith Graves (Illustrator),Miriam Fabiancic (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59

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