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Ms. Ruiz
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

I Just Got Engaged: Creative Nonfiction for All

My students need 30+ nonfiction books of their choosing for engaging book projects and more experience with reading nonfiction before college.

My Students

When a box of new nonfiction books arrived, rather than being grumbly or disappointed with the upcoming assignment, my Senior English students impatiently asked for first choice. Students came in at lunch to select and many were disappointed that the ones they had spied were gone. They wanted more!

Getting students in our rural, remote and low income school to expand their reading options is always a tricky task, but getting them to read nonfiction with enthusiasm has been especially difficult, considering our aging library and nearly nonexistent materials budget.

Recently I requested some high interest nonfiction selections through DonorsChoose and my students were so excited by them that they wanted to add some to the next list. So here is part 2 of our nonfiction reading project (the first one was titled Nonfiction for All: High Interest Texts to Engage Teens).

My Project

My students need nonfiction books of their choosing for engaging book projects and more experience with reading nonfiction before college. Looking at our list, you might find the selection diverse and even confusing. It simply exemplifies the variety of interests of my students as these books are their own personal choices for our project. Once they get a chance to read them, my students will compose a project describing what they learned from their texts and how they will apply these lessons to their future, something they don't often think about when reading nonfiction in particular.

This set of books is essential to keeping my students engaged and mindful about making their own selections in reading and learning.

It will allow them to practice skills essential to adulthood with particular focus on college coursework. Finally the addition of these books to our classroom will help engage them in a world outside of our remote community where far more choices and experiences are available to them.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Tiger • AKJ Books $19.67 1 $19.67
The Accidental Billionaires • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
The Prince • AKJ Books $3.61 1 $3.61
7 Habits Teens • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Plato''s Meno • AKJ Books $4.95 1 $4.95
The Riddle of Life And Death • AKJ Books $9.45 1 $9.45
Life Without Limits • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
50 Years of Silence • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Near Death in the Desert: True Stories of Disaster and Survival • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Dancing in the Dark • AKJ Books $18.95 1 $18.95
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Bossypants • AKJ Books $19.70 1 $19.70
In Cold Blood • AKJ Books $16.79 1 $16.79
Tuesdays with Morrie • AKJ Books $10.21 1 $10.21
The Devil In The White City • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
The 48 Laws of Power • AKJ Books $23.00 1 $23.00
Under And Alone • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Ancient Rome • AKJ Books $13.10 1 $13.10
How to Read Literature Like a Professor • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
A Walk In The Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Devil in the White City • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Lucky: A Memoir • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima (MM) • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Brain on Fire • AKJ Books $29.66 1 $29.66
Quiet • AKJ Books $18.98 1 $18.98
Charlie Joe Jackson''s Guide to Not Reading • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Freakonomics • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian He • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Consider This... • AKJ Books $9.45 1 $9.45
Dispatches from the Abortion Wars • AKJ Books $20.40 1 $20.40
There Are No Children Here • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens : The Ultimate Teenage Su • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34

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