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Ms. Stith from Baltimore MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

High-Interest Reading for High School

My students need high-interest reading material to spark their interest in reading, something which does not come easily to them.

  • $551 goal

This project expired on November 25, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

What was the last book you read? The one you had to stay up late at night reading? For most of my students, they haven't found one yet. Even though they're in high school, my students tell me that they have read less than five books cover-to-cover. Help me to get some high-interest reading material!

My students are minority students attending a low-income, inner-city high school.

Most of my students are reading 2-5 grade levels below their actual grade and they struggle to be successful in high school because they simply can't or won't do the reading required. I work hard to provide high-interest reading material, but your support would help me get some key pieces for my students. Studies show the only way for students to read better is for students to read more. Help me stock the books my students will want to read so that they can find in themselves a love of reading, motivation to tackle more challenging texts and the pride of moving in the right direction.

My Project

Three young men in an inner-city school make a pact, they will all go to college and become doctors...do they succeed? How does a young man from the Midwest become a hustler in Harlem and then one of the most influential leaders of the Civil Rights movement? If you could send a letter back through time to your younger self, what would the letter say? How exactly do our genes work? All of these questions and many more are the basis of the books that I choose for my students. These books are interesting, ask curious questions, and involve situations and characters that my students can relate to. Have you ever tried to master a new skill or sport? You weren't very good at it at first, were you? But with persistence and practice you found yourself able to ski or earning your black belt. For my students, reading is just as hard. These books help spark the initial interest and lead students into reading harder and more challenger books. Help them become reading black belts!

The ability to read and understand what you have read is an essential component of life.

Sparking an interest in reading and developing the skills of perseverance and commitment will make my students better readers and students, but it will also make them better people, citizens, parents, colleagues. Reading IS fundamental, it is the foundation upon which all other skills are laid, by funding this project, you will affect my students' progress in *every* subject area.

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

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Mortal Instruments • Teachers' School Supply $43.99 1 $43.99
Vampire Academy Collection • Teachers' School Supply $36.99 1 $36.99
V for Vendetta Alan Moore, David Lloyd, David Lloyd (Illustr • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower • Teachers' School Supply $14.00 1 $14.00
What I Know Now • AKJ Books $13.86 1 $13.86
How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story Tracy White • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Endgame Nancy Garden • AKJ Books $12.41 1 $12.41
Out of the Pocket Bill Konigsberg • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
A.D.New Orleans After the Deluge • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
Malcolm X • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
Romeo and Juliet: the Graphic Novel • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
The Pact : Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Columbine • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Maus I : A Survivor''s Tale My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA Mark • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
Maus II: A Survivor''s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
No Disrespect • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
The Other Wes Moore • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Letters to a Bullied Girl • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Fist Stick Knife Gun • AKJ Books $10.22 1 $10.22
Stupid Fast • Teachers' School Supply $9.99 1 $9.99
I Am an Emotional Creature • AKJ Books $9.49 1 $9.49
Cirque Du Freak Manga Volume 3 • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Cirque Du Freak Manga Volume 4 • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Cirque Du Freak Manga Volume 1 • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Cirque Du Freak Manga Volume 5 • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Cirque Du Freak Manga Volume 6 • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque Du Freak Series #7) Darren Shan • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Cirque Du Freak Manga Volume 2 • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
grl2grl: Short fictions Julie Anne Peters • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Black And White • Teachers' School Supply $6.99 1 $6.99

Materials cost

$396.28

Vendor shipping charges

$12.32

State sales tax

$23.78

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.94

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$468.32

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$82.64

Total project goal

$550.96

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$550.96

8 Donors

-$263.72

Donations toward project cost

-$225.66

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$38.06

Matching donations from our partners

-$285.48

Match offers toward project cost

-$242.66

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$42.82

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.76

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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