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Ms. Carnazza from Danbury CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

High Interest Books for Low-Income, Disengaged Students

My students need access to high interest books in our classroom library.

  • $179 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Our school is part of District Reference Group “H” which is the second lowest socioeconomic level in which a school can be placed. The student population is approximately 1,050 students with about 72% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, just shy of qualifying as a Title I school. The activities that we complete, both in and out of the classroom, are greatly restricted by the socioeconomic makeup of our student body and the lack of funding for resources.

The students in our school come from diverse backgrounds and cultures and often do not have the support available at home that allows them to succeed at higher levels.

In addition, many students are struggling to learn the language while trying to complete their eighth-grade work.

My Project

A number of my students have failed two or more classes in one trimester and/or have missed more than 25 days in one school year, classifying those students as displaced students. It is a challenge to reach these students, particularly in a low-income school district that is just shy of qualifying as a Title I school. This project is one way I am trying to reach those disengaged students.

These high-interest books are books my students have specifically requested; books which, in a low-income district, many students do not have access to outside of my classroom library.

These books will mostly be used for independent reading. In order to improve students’ reading and comprehension skills, they should be reading at home for at least 20 minutes a night. Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes students to 1.8 million words per year! By creating a classroom library with books my students have requested that they can check out to read at home is essential to help encourage my students to read and become more engaged in school. Books are useful in developing students’ comprehension and fluency skills, thus providing further motivation for students to read. With access to these high interest books, these students are more likely to feel successful in school. The more successful these students feel, the more engaged they will become in school.

Ms. Carnazza
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The E.L. Konigsburg Newbery Collection: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth; The View From Saturday • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
We Were Liars • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen • Amazon Business $12.92 1 $12.92
They Both Die at the End • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Far From You • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
Ready Player One: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Outsiders • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
I Kill the Mockingbird • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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