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  • $513 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. A.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 7 donors
  • $0 still needed

Good Reads for Independent Learners

My students need a wide variety (47 titles) of challenging and high interest books for our independent reading project.

My Students

"One more time, guys, please close your independent reading books or else I will...all right...all right, you can have five more minutes." The best part of being an English teacher is watching your students fall in love with reading. Please help inspire that love in my classroom!

My ninth graders are entering high school for the first time, and are receiving many mixed messages about what it means to be "cool" and to "fit in".

I'd like to immerse my students in an environment where being intelligent and a good reader is valued and "cool". This is a challenge because many students enter as struggling or reluctant readers who read below grade level. A few have been voraciously reading all summer, some still hold that spark from that one book they secretly enjoyed in their eighth grade class, and some have yet to experience the immense joy that comes from reading an amazing book. Most of my students receive free or reduced price lunch and do not have money to buy books they are interested in. Also, my school does not have a library from which they can take out books.

My Project

I'm looking to build a classroom library so I can implement an independent reading project that works! I'm requesting books that span many reading levels and genres that suit my students' individual interests and reading levels. I will be utilizing GoodReads.com (a social media site for books) where students will be held accountable for reading, while sharing their excitement about their books. I've had a ton of success with this in the past, especially with reluctant, disengaged readers. This activity allows students to practice good reading techniques that they can take with them into other subject areas and their lives, while participating in an engaging social media activity. Most importantly, this classroom library will offer my students a choice. Students are much more likely to view reading as a priority when they have some ownership in the reading process.

Research shows that, if done right, independent reading improves comprehension and builds vocabulary, fluency, and background.

It is my responsibility to provide my students with ample opportunities to build these crucial skills and raise reading levels. This classroom library will foster a culture that values intelligence and inspires a lifetime love of reading. I sincerely appreciate any donation you can give! Thank you so much for your support.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hunger Games • AKJ Books $36.24 1 $36.24
Dead Is...in a Box • AKJ Books $29.19 1 $29.19
Crank Trilogy Boxed Set • AKJ Books $24.08 1 $24.08
Sarah Dessen Gift Set Sarah Dessen • AKJ Books $19.69 1 $19.69
Watchmen • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
The Rose That Grew From Concrete • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel Jeannette Walls • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
They Broke the Law, You Be the Judge: True Stories of Teen C • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Upstate (pbk) • AKJ Books $10.21 1 $10.21
Impulse • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Burned • AKJ Books $8.02 1 $8.02
Graceling • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Divergent • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Kick • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Paper Towns • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Speak • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
American Born Chinese • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
The Quality of Mercy • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
To Catch a Dream • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Homeboyz Alan Lawrence Sitomer • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Feed • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Tyrell • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Crystal • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Everlost • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Stop Pretending: What Happened when My Big Sister Went Crazy • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
What My Mother Doesn''t Know • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Vampire Academy • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Frostbite • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Shadow Kiss • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Vampire Academy • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Frostbite • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Shadow Kiss • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
I Did It Without Thinking: True Stories About Impulsive Decs • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Begging for Change • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Rikers High • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Skin I''m In • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Street Pharm • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Black and White • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Beast • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
First Part Last, The • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Rooftop • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Lost and Found • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
A Matter of Trust • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Secrets in the Shadows (SCHOL) • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Conception: A Novel • Amazon $3.61 1 $3.61
Blood is Thicker • AKJ Books $1.50 1 $1.50
The Fallen • AKJ Books $1.50 1 $1.50

Materials cost

$399.31

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.99

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$435.30

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$76.82

Total project goal

$512.12

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$512.12

5 Donors

-$171.00

Donations toward project cost

-$145.35

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$25.65

Matching donations from our partners

-$341.12

Match offers toward project cost

-$289.95

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$51.17

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 150 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by Kia Motors America and 6 other donors.

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