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Ms. Immen from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing Readers with Engaging, Relevant Texts

My students need a variety of 14 engaging, high-interest novels to choose from so that they can become more excited about and confident in their reading!

  • $506 goal

This project expired on September 1, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember what it was like the first time you read a book and really felt connected to a character in the book? In my 9th grade reading class, the biggest challenge I face is finding texts that are engaging, relevant, and challenging for my students.

I teach 9th grade reading in an urban high school where the majority of my students receive free or reduced lunches.

My students are intelligent, energized, and creative! They all want to succeed and want to become better readers, but they have been discouraged by texts that they can't connect to and quickly disengage from. This coming school year, I would like to build my classroom's library so that my students have more options for books that will interest and excite them!

My Project

In my class, my goal is to help foster a love for reading and to help struggling readers feel more confident in their ability to read. Through literature circles, book clubs, reader response journals, reading workshop, and independent reading, I have seen students grow their reading level significantly. However, the key is to find texts that are engaging, relevant to my students' lives, and challenging. I have researched and chosen a list of books that I would love to have in my classroom library this coming year. I have read each book and am confident that they would drastically help to engage struggling readers and teach reading strategies. I am requesting four copies of each book because I have found that literature circles can transform a classroom into a community that analyzes and talks about literature.

All of the students in my class deserve the chance to experience the transformational power of literature and to become stronger and more confident readers.

Your donation to this project could lead a student who has always felt discouraged by reading to discover a love for literature, making an incredible and lasting impact on his or her future!

Ms. Immen
Grades 9-12
  • Perspectives Leadership Academy
  • Chicago, IL
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 180 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Begging for Change Sharon Flake • Barnes and Noble $6.83 4 $27.32
Money Hungry Sharon Flake, Tk (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 4 $27.32
Hoops Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.55 4 $22.20
Scorpions Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.97 4 $23.88
Street Love Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $7.68 4 $30.72
Spellbound Janet McDonald • Barnes and Noble $5.12 4 $20.48
Street Pharm Allison van Diepen • Barnes and Noble $6.83 4 $27.32
Homeboyz Alan Lawrence Sitomer • Barnes and Noble $7.68 4 $30.72
Hoopster Alan Lawrence Sitomer • Barnes and Noble $5.12 4 $20.48
Hip-Hop High School Alan Lawrence Sitomer • Barnes and Noble $7.68 4 $30.72
Floating Nicole Bailey Williams • Barnes and Noble $9.35 4 $37.40
A Little Piece of Sky Nicole Bailey-Williams, Nicole Bailey Williams • Barnes and Noble $8.92 4 $35.68
Manchild in the Promised Land Claude Brown • Barnes and Noble $10.22 4 $40.88
Rucker Park Setup Paul Volponi • Barnes and Noble $5.97 4 $23.88

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