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Ms. Roth from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Need Books that Speak to Me

My students need 14 book titles that speak to them!

  • $169 goal

This project expired on April 7, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Can you imagine avoiding books because you find you can never relate to them? I need books that speak to my students, most of whom are reluctant readers. Connecting with books connects you with the world.

We are a Title I public middle school and most of our students qualify for free lunch.

Over half of our students live in housing projects down the street. Many do not have books in their homes, or even a dictionary. Immersion into reading has not been a part of their lives, and yet reading opens up both the mind and heart. We are fighting ever-shortening attention spans, and reading helps settle yet stimulate the brain. Reading for learning and pleasure, improves vocabulary and writing skills that will last a lifetime.

My Project

My students need young adult (YA) literature with protagonists of all ethnicities. With a hand-chosen classroom library, I can personally match and recommend books that will appeal to my teenagers. I talk to each student, and then hand him/her a book saying "I guarantee you will like this!" I can turn even the most reluctant student on to reading, as evidenced by my students saying that they now love to read. That is the sweetest thing I can hear. I can't imagine a broader impact than turning non-readers into readers. In my class, we have daily sustained, silent reading. When I say, "Find a spot to stop," (in their silent reading book) they groan and say, "Can't we read all period?" Is that not music to your 21st Century ears? This is an informational society and in order to thrive in this world, becoming a reader is a huge start.

"Ms. R, I had never read a book on my own before I came to your class," said an 8th grade boy.

I hear this each and every year! Turning kids on to reading is my number one goal as an English teacher. Without reading, young people live in a limited realm. Connecting with books, connects you with the world.

Ms. Roth
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 160 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lady Q • AKJ Books $15.26 1 $15.26
The Fight (TEEN) • AKJ Books $7.26 2 $14.52
A Child Called It: One Child''s Courage to Survive • AKJ Books $8.72 1 $8.72
Courtin'' Jayd • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Hustlin'' • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Second Chance (TEEN) • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Lady J • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Until We Meet Again (Bluford High Series #7) Anne Schraff, A • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Lost and Found • AKJ Books $4.37 2 $8.74
A Matter of Trust • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Secrets in the Shadows (SCHOL) • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Someone to Love Me • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
The Bully (Bluford High Series #5) Paul Langan • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Payback (The Gun) • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37

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