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

Help Fill an Empty Classroom Library

The cost of 40 different titles including Island of the Blue Dolphins and Jacob Have I Loved from Barnes and Noble is $386, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $400 goal

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Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my proposal. As the title indicates, I am a new teacher and this will be my first year teaching sixth grade Reading and sixth, seventh and eighth grade Social Studies in the Chicago Public Schools. The title also indicates that my school, Pershing West, is a new school, which is located on the south side of Chicago, and is set to open this fall. So to recap: you have a new teacher plus a new school, which equals an extreme lack of resources and materials. More specifically, there is a lack of quality literature for my classroom library. This may sound strange, but unfortunately it's true. Although we are a new school, we are not receiving all of the resources we need in order to help our students become successful. There are tremendous budget constraints and other priorities for the school, thus building a quality classroom library for my students just isn't as important or feasible. And of course, as a new teacher, I certainly don't have many books of my own to contribute. Why is a classroom library important? First of all, may I ask when was the last time you remember cuddling up in bed, and reading your favorite textbook? Or better yet, when was the last textbook you remember recommending to a friend? The point is we don't naturally read textbooks for pleasure, and neither do children. Children don't feel angry, sad, excited, or emotional when they read textbooks. I want my children to develop a joy for reading, and consequently a joy for learning. In my reading class, I will not be able to accomplish this by denying my children high-quality, culturally relevant literature. I teach in a school where 90% of the children are African-American and over 50% are low-income. I must go beyond the textbook to reach these children; I must have authentic literature in which they can see themselves and relate. If I want them to experience the world, hear different voices, and ultimately read for pleasure, I must have books for them to read. If I can build a strong classroom library, where my students have many different books to choose from, I know that I will be creating a love for reading and thinking. Without a classroom library, the textbook is all I have to go from, and we know that that is just not effective. Furthermore, quality books for my classroom library will not only benefit my sixth graders this year, but all of my classes for years to come. You can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children, now and in the future. I urge you to take my unique circumstances into consideration when making your decision. Thank you again for your time and consideration.

Mrs. K.
Grades 6-8
  • Pershing West Magnet School
  • Chicago, IL
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Going North Janice N. Harrington, Jerome Lagarrigue • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Coming on Home Soon Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator), Earl Lewis (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
Wolf Becky Bloom, Pascal Biet (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
The Game of Silence: Sequel to The Birchbark House Louise Erdrich • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
The Dot Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
I Shall Not Be Moved Maya Angelou • Barnes and Noble $9.90 1 $9.90
Buried Onions Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $9.90 1 $9.90
Juanita Fights the School Board Gloria Velasquez • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Freedom's Children Ellen Levine • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Going Home Eve Bunting, David Diaz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Amelia's Road Linda Jacobs Altman, Enrique O. Sanchez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Why We Can't Wait Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse L. Jackson (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Breaking Through Francisco Jimenez, Francisco Jimtnez • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Holes Louis Sachar • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Jacob Have I Loved Katherine Paterson • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Smoky Night Eve Bunting, David Diaz, David Diaz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.40 1 $5.40
Hermanas (Sisters) Gary Paulsen, Gloria A. Andujar • Barnes and Noble $5.40 1 $5.40
Oliver Button Is a Sissy Tomie de Paola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.40 1 $5.40
Encounter Jane Yolen, David Shannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.40 1 $5.40
Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers Gary Paulsen, Wendy Lamb (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
If You Come Softly Jacqueline Woodson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Miracle's Boys Jacqueline Woodson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Hoops Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Money Hungry Sharon G. Flake, Sharon G. Flale • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Hush Jacqueline Woodson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
El Bronx Remembered: A Novella and Stories Nicholasa Mohr • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Ghosts I Have Been Richard Peck, S. November (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
How to Lose All Your Friends Nancy L. Carlson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea Joyce Carol Thomas, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Trail of Tears Richard Conrad Stein, Conrad Stein • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
A Day's Work Ronald Himler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Fly Away Home Ronald Himler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story Beth Peck (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Stories Julian Tells Ann Cameron, Ann Strugnell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Sixth Grade Secrets Louis Sachar • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Malcolm X Arnold Adoff, Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.82 1 $3.82
Baseball's Best: Five True Stories (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 4 Book) Andrew Gutelle, Cliff Spohn (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59

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