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Mrs. Yax from Hamtramck MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Graphic Novels Help ELLs Better Picture the Story

Help me give my students a diverse set of graphic novels ranging from science to fantasy.

  • $228 goal

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My Students

My students are wonderful! They are English Language Learners, most of which have only lived in the United States a year or two and yet they don’t see the language barrier as a problem, just another challenge to overcome. They live in a low income community and are educated in a Title I school. As immigrants and preteens, they have unique viewpoints and opinions on everything. They are kind, thoughtful and extremely motivated. They love technology and anything "on trend" (Those are their words, not mine.)

My Project

The introduction of graphic novels to our class library is crucial. As ELL learners, my 5th graders have a wide margin of reading levels.

Graphic novels are not only high interest books but they close the reading level gap between learners.

Often lower readers or non-English speakers are embarrassed to get appropriate books, graphic novels allow them to follow the story and practice reading strategies without having to rely on the words. At the same time, the graphic novels I have chosen have high reading levels and content to accommodate the high flyers.

I have chosen both fiction and nonfiction. Many of the fiction titles are adaptations of chapter books. I choose these intentionally. These titles are gateway books to get my students more comfortable with the text version of these stories.

Mrs. Yax
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 27 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, Complete Edition (His Dark Materials) • Amazon Business $12.61 1 $12.61
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $12.41 1 $12.41
Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice • Amazon Business $10.86 1 $10.86
Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.57 1 $8.57
Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean • Amazon Business $8.21 1 $8.21
Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 8) (Volume 8) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Science Comics: Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life • Amazon Business $7.87 1 $7.87
Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Science Comics: Cars: Engines That Move You • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #2) • Amazon Business $5.20 1 $5.20

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