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Ms. Trapp from Seattle WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Graphic Novels for All Readers!

My students need high-interest graphic novels including Smile, El Deafo, and the Amulet Series to engage all readers!

  • $978 goal

This project expired on March 13, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is located in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country and my students come from many different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. My students have a wide range of needs as readers as well. I have students reading from a kindergarten to a seventh grade level in one class.

Many of my students entered my class with strong negative feelings towards reading.

After years of not being able to select their own books and read stories they were passionate about, my students did not see themselves as readers. On the first day of school, my students eagerly exclaimed, "You mean we can read any of the books in the class library?" as they explored their new shelves of books. The few graphic novels in my library were quickly discovered and students huddled together to share the stories.

My Project

For students in fifth grade reading below grade level, looking through books in the library can feel intimidating. The books at their grade level are simply too hard and the books at their reading level are targeted towards younger audiences. These students are left feeling like there aren't books out there for them to read, and as a result they continue to fall behind. Graphic novels provide a perfect entry point for these students to apply high-level reading strategies in a text that is accessible to them. Graphic novels allow students, regardless of reading level, to read books with complex messages and themes. Because graphic novels are so popular, students reading below grade level will not be stigmatized for reading an "easy book" meant for younger grades. They allow all students, regardless of their current reading level, to feel successful reading texts targeted towards their age group.

For students lacking confidence as readers, graphic novels open the door to developing a life-long love of reading.

In a class with such a wide range of reading needs, graphic novels also support the development of a classroom reading community where all readers can talk about the books they've read. Equipping my classroom library with a selection of graphic novels will help all of my students to develop a life-long love of reading!

Ms. Trapp
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Flight Volume Five (Flight Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $21.45 1 $21.45
Flight, Volume Four • Amazon Business $20.96 1 $20.96
Flight Volume Eight • Amazon Business $20.62 1 $20.62
Flight, Volume Two • Amazon Business $20.30 1 $20.30
Flight Volume Seven • Amazon Business $19.07 1 $19.07
Flight, Volume Three • Amazon Business $18.87 1 $18.87
Flight Volume Six (Flight Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $18.11 1 $18.11
Flight, Volume One • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Gettysburg: The Graphic History of America's Most Famous Battle and the Turning Point of The Civil War (Zenith Graphic Histories) • Amazon Business $15.83 1 $15.83
The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (His Dark Materials) • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust • Amazon Business $13.71 1 $13.71
Gear • Amazon Business $13.17 1 $13.17
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $12.53 1 $12.53
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 3) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Ghost Circles (Bone, Book 7) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
This One Summer • Amazon Business $11.31 1 $11.31
BONE: Tall Tales • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
Bone, Vol. 6: Old Man's Cave • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
BONE Prequel: Rose • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
Treasure Island: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Ghostopolis • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3) • Amazon Business $10.77 1 $10.77
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $10.63 1 $10.63
Bone, Vol. 8: Treasure Hunters • Amazon Business $10.51 1 $10.51
Moby Dick: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Redwall: the Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $10.21 1 $10.21
The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel (Kane Chronicles) • Amazon Business $10.21 1 $10.21
Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5) • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet #2) • Amazon Business $10.06 1 $10.06
Bad Island • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Bone, Vol. 9: Crown of Horns • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Treasure Island: The Graphic Novel (Puffin Graphics) • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Explorer: The Lost Islands • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Robinson Crusoe: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
Robinson Crusoe: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
Tommysaurus Rex • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
Coraline: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel (Books of Ember) • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
Firelight (Amulet #7) • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
BONE: Quest for the Spark #1 • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
Bone: Quest for the Spark #3 • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
Bone: Quest for the Spark #2 • Amazon Business $9.02 1 $9.02
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $8.64 1 $8.64
The Call of the Wild: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Last Council (Amulet #4) • Amazon Business $8.26 1 $8.26
The Hidden Doors (Explorer) • Amazon Business $8.26 1 $8.26
The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 1) • Amazon Business $8.21 1 $8.21
Cardboard • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17
Escape From Lucien (Amulet #6) • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Roller Girl • Amazon Business $7.14 1 $7.14
Surprise Island, A Graphic Novel #2 (Boxcar Children Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Yellow House Mystery, A Graphic Novel #3 (Boxcar Children Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Kristy's Great Idea: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Boxcar Children Graphic Novels 6: Blue Bay Mystery • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Mystery Ranch, A Graphic Novel #4 (Boxcar Children Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Boxcar Children, A Graphic Novel #1 (Boxcar Children Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
El Deafo • Amazon Business $6.96 1 $6.96
Sisters • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92
The Truth About Stacey: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #2) • Amazon Business $6.91 1 $6.91
Smile • Amazon Business $6.65 1 $6.65
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes • Amazon Business $6.51 1 $6.51
Mary Anne Saves the Day: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #3) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Drama • Amazon Business $6.04 1 $6.04
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) • Amazon Business $5.75 1 $5.75

Materials cost

$726.23

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$63.55

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.89

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$830.67

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$146.59

Total project goal

$977.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$977.26

8 Donors

-$788.14

Donations toward project cost

-$720.17

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$67.97

Matching donations from our partners

-$130.00

Match offers toward project cost

-$110.50

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$19.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$59.12

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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