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Mrs. Lundy from Hillsboro OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Graphic Novels Reach Reluctant Readers

Help me give my students graphic novels like Voces Sin Fronteras that encourage my diverse, reluctant readers to go beyond a chapter book and see characters like themselves on the pages.

  • $281 goal

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My Students

My students are a mix of both eager and reluctant readers which can stem from many different experiences in both their home lives and previous elementary schools. They are required to read each day both at school and at home, and while many students value this time as a break from the grind of middle school, students who struggle with reading are often frustrated and not engaged.

"Can we read for just 5 more minutes!" is one of the most rewarding things a language arts teacher can hear, especially coming from a student who just weeks before would barely crack a book during reading time.

Often times struggling readers will enjoy the length and variety that comes with a graphic novel. Nothing feels better than putting the right book in a child's hand and for reluctant, struggling readers, graphic novels feel like a book that they can get into.

My Project

Students need books with characters that they can connect with and that experience the same kinds of situations and problems that they experience, especially in middle school.

Unfortunately, the graphic novels that I have bought for my classroom in the past have either been "permanently borrowed" or are falling apart from being read so many times.

It is a constant battle to keep them bound with tape and on the shelves. They are always the first books a reluctant reader will choose to read, especially if they see other students reading them as well.

In my 13 years of teaching language arts to middle school students, I have found that most reluctant readers enjoy graphic novels because they are engaging, relevant, and diverse. A story can come to life for a reluctant reader when they experience the joys of devouring a graphic novel!

Mrs. Lundy
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Drifting Life • Amazon Business $24.15 1 $24.15
Marvel Encyclopedia, New Edition • Amazon Business $20.08 1 $20.08
A People's History of American Empire: The American Empire Project, A Graphic Adaptation • Amazon Business $17.08 1 $17.08
Marble Season • Amazon Business $16.25 1 $16.25
Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth (Bilingual) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
T-Minus: The Race to the Moon • Amazon Business $13.84 1 $13.84
Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling • Amazon Business $13.72 1 $13.72
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.93 1 $11.93
Pashmina • Amazon Business $10.37 1 $10.37
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China (Single Titles) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Lowriders in Space • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Mighty Jack • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Great American Dust Bowl • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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