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Ms. Dorleans from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

High Interest Books for Reluctant 9th Grade Readers!

Help me give my students books they can enjoy reading for Literature Circles, to create new attitudes towards reading.

  • $2,086 goal

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My Students

Our students are challenging. I don't mean this in the difficult sense. I mean this in terms of what they expect. They require engagement from all teachers, and they have every right to. I would like our 9th grade English to live up to this and give them an experience that will shape their years in high school.

Our students come from working class neighborhoods, in an urban environment.

They are precocious in some ways, quite young in others. They are very clearly trying to navigate the different pressures of high school. We've already tried to create an immersive environment for Literature Circles, starting with comfortable bean bag chairs. However, we'd like to do more for them.

We have many avid readers in our classes. However, like teachers from all over the country are reporting, we have far too many learners who are not reading at grade level, and are reluctant to engage with complicated texts. We decided collectively as a department, to plan interventions that will increase fluency, stamina, comprehension and, perhaps most importantly allow reluctant readers to replace the negative connotation they have with reading to a positive one -- this can occur with a great book!

My Project

We envision that these books will replace the negative connotation many of our students have about reading. Students already read many informational texts and are learning to strategies to extract information. However, Literature Circles allow students to engage academically with texts they ideally enjoy. We want texts students can enjoy and will find intellectually engaging.

All educational research points to the fact that when students engage with texts, when they can see themselves within their texts or avidly read about other ways of life, they will increase comprehension AND be able to practice the strategies they are learning in English.

We hope to give our students this chance through purchasing high interest texts.

Ms. Dorleans
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $14.24 20 $284.80
Swing (Blink) • Amazon Business $12.91 20 $258.20
Bodega Dreams • Amazon Business $12.70 20 $254.00
Kindred • Amazon Business $10.87 20 $217.40
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation • Amazon Business $12.78 15 $191.70
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • Amazon Business $8.99 20 $179.80
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 20 $175.80
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $7.78 20 $155.60

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