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Mrs. Baran from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

High Interest Reading

My students need more high interest, culturally and socially relevant books to read.

  • $735 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are motivated by their dreams. The 12 and 13 year old's in my classroom yearn for success and opportunities. These students ask critical questions about the world around them and why things are not equitable in our society. They see and are impacted by the violence in our communities. Summer vacations don't provide much solace because their parents fear for their child's safety. Regardless of the social and economic burdens that follow my students, they work hard because they see glimmers of a better tomorrow.

My Project

The books that I am requesting are high interest books that students have been asking about. Students really like the Zombie Gold Fish books, along with Ellen Hopkins books. The books will allow students to have more access to high engagement reading material. Students check out books from the classroom library that they are interested in reading. Most students read an average of 50 books per school year.

Some of these books like Boy 21, American Streets, or The Hate You Give, are books which feature culturally relevant characters.

There are limited books with strong African American characters at the middle school level. Some of these books reflect my students socially and culturally. Furthermore, many authors publish new books which my students have been specifically asking for. My students have been made familiar with authors of books like King's Cage or The Mission. Students look forward to further reading and engaging with books by such prominent authors.

Mrs. Baran
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 91 students.

14 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Race, Culture, and Education: The Selected Works of James A. Banks (World Library of Educationalists) • Amazon Business $57.95 1 $57.95
The Walking Dead: Compendium One • Amazon Business $39.01 1 $39.01
Girl in Pieces • Amazon Business $11.16 2 $22.32
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.79 2 $21.58
American Street • Amazon Business $10.58 2 $21.16
The Walking Dead: A Continuing Story of Survival Horror, Book 1 • Amazon Business $19.89 1 $19.89
House of Robots: Robots Go Wild! • Amazon Business $8.53 2 $17.06
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools • Amazon Business $14.66 1 $14.66
Don't Get Caught • Amazon Business $7.14 2 $14.28
A Mad Zombie Party (The White Rabbit Chronicles) • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
King's Cage (Red Queen) • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
The Haters • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $11.01 1 $11.01
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die) • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Allegedly • Amazon Business $10.58 1 $10.58
Tell Me Three Things • Amazon Business $10.58 1 $10.58
A List of Cages • Amazon Business $10.58 1 $10.58
Fuzzy Mud • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
The You I've Never Known • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die) • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
Dorothy Must Die • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
Awake • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Queen of Zombie Hearts (The White Rabbit Chronicles) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Education of Margot Sanchez • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Don't Stop Now • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
The Mission • Amazon Business $9.52 1 $9.52
My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
The Split History of the Women's Suffrage Movement: A Perspectives Flip Book (Perspectives Flip Books) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Middle School: Big Fat Liar • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
House of Robots: Robot Revolution • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Middle School: Get Me out of Here! • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Middle School: Ultimate Showdown • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Public School Superhero • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: 51 Landmark Cases Summarized and Explained in Simple English • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Jurassic Carp: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
Hip-Hop High School • Amazon Business $7.61 1 $7.61
If I Grow Up • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Midnight Dolls • Amazon Business $7.35 1 $7.35
Last Shot: Mystery at the Final Four (The Sports Beat, 1) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Any Fin Is Possible: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $6.86 1 $6.86
Night Hoops • Amazon Business $6.74 1 $6.74
Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles) • Amazon Business $6.24 1 $6.24
He Said, She Said • Amazon Business $6.24 1 $6.24
Such a Pretty Girl • Amazon Business $5.65 1 $5.65
Boy21 • Amazon Business $4.04 1 $4.04
How It Went Down • Amazon Business $4.03 1 $4.03
The Final Four • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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