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Mrs. Jurrens from Charles City IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hook, Line, & Sinker: Hooking Reluctant Readers Through Graphic Novels

Help me give my students graphic novels. Every single year I have reluctant readers. Graphic novels are a great way to hook these students and encourage them to step outside their comfort zone.

  • $335 goal

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My Students

My fourth grade students are a curious group who love discovering the world through books. They love both silently reading by themselves and being read to. My students are open to reading any of the books I suggest and, after, love to discuss what they read. I especially enjoy watching them make recommendations to each other.

My students and their excitement for books remind me why I fell in love with teaching and reading years ago.

There’s nothing more exciting than seeing the students fall in love with reading. You always know they love it if they get mad when it is time to stop! Many of my students (67%) receive free or reduced rate lunch, but that statistic does not hold them back. They are eager to devour and love getting their hands on new knowledge. Providing them books that are at their level and of high interest to them is just one way I can enhance their knowledge and help them to see that they too can overcome challenges that life may bring.

My Project

Graphic novels will make a huge difference for my reluctant readers. At the moment, these struggling readers see a typical chapter book and are immediately overwhelmed by the number of words on each page.

By providing a variety of graphic novels, these students will be able to use the picture clues to connect the text and gain confidence in their comprehension.

Students can still apply literacy based skills we are covering in class to their graphic novels and still show understanding.

Once they have the confidence of reading graphic novels, they can then transition into chapter books at their level and still feel successful.

Mrs. Jurrens
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amulet #1-8 Box Set • Amazon Business $59.62 1 $59.62
Dog Man: The Supa Epic Collection: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1-6 Boxed Set) • Amazon Business $38.96 1 $38.96
The Raina Telgemeier Collection (A Box Set) • Amazon Business $29.01 1 $29.01
Hilo: Out-of-This-World Boxed Set • Amazon Business $26.13 1 $26.13
The Zita the Spacegirl Trilogy Boxed Set: Zita the Spacegirl, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, The Return of Zita the Spacegirl • Amazon Business $24.81 1 $24.81
The Bad Guys Box Set: Books 1-5 • Amazon Business $19.22 1 $19.22
Bake Sale • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
The Cardboard Kingdom • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Bad Guys in Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?!: Special Edition (The Bad Guys #7) (7) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
The Bad Guys in Alien vs Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #6) (6) • Amazon Business $3.49 1 $3.49

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