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Mrs. Kraus from Louisville KY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help My Students Love Reading

My students need 26 current high interest books and a collection of works by Walter Dean Myers to engage them in becoming habitual readers and lifelong learners.

  • $478 goal

This project expired on December 9, 2011.

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My Students

The single most reliable predictors in academic success is whether or not the student is a capable and habitual reader. Unfortunately, so many of our students today believe books are stodgy and boring and can offer them nothing. However, I believe they just haven't been introduced to the right books

My students are seventh graders: quirky, awkward, desperate to be grown up, but at the same time desiring to be nurtured emotionally and intellectually.

For the most part, many of them come from backgrounds that don't emphasize literacy. Since we have quite an urban population, many come from low income homes where purchasing books either isn't or can't be a priority. Many parents and students view education as irrelevant and a compulsory obligation. These kids come in with a variety of educational backgrounds, racial and ethnic compositions, and religious experiences. Most of all these kids are just children who still need to experience the wonder, empathy, and adventure, not to mention the intellectual challenge, that reading can offer.

My Project

For the most part, the books that I have selected are high interest young adult books that I believe will capture my students' attention and serve as the gateway for the students to become habitual, life long readers. The texts span a variety of genres, topics, and authors, which is intended to allow each child to find a book of interest to devour. These texts and accompanying instructional strategies that I will implement will provide students with the skills necessary to navigate more adult texts that will make them critical thinkers and active participants in modern society.

These books will grab and hold my students attention, inviting them to become participants in the literary world, and allowing them to acquire skills that will prepare them for academic success and societal involvement due to their ability to read carefully and think critically.

Mrs. Kraus
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hero • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Liar, Liar • AKJ Books $10.13 1 $10.13
The Line Teri Hall • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
A Long Walk to Water Linda Sue Park • AKJ Books $12.48 1 $12.48
Scrawl • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
A Tale Dark & Grimm • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Virals • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
The Scorch Trials James Dashner • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Everlost • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Everwild Neal Shusterman • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Infinity (Chronicles of Nick Series) Sherrilyn Kenyon • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Impossible • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel # • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Sunrise Over Fallujah • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary • AKJ Books $8.57 1 $8.57
Bad Boy • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Charles and Emma • AKJ Books $14.78 1 $14.78
Chew On This • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
I Can''t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famou • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Macbeth The Graphic Novel: Original Text William Shakespeare • AKJ Books $13.22 1 $13.22
The Omnivore''s Dilemma for Kids • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Dirty Little Secrets C. J. Omololu • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Split Swati Avasthi • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Room Emma Donoghue • AKJ Books $19.49 1 $19.49
Walter Dean Myers - Fav Author • AKJ Books $71.68 1 $71.68

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