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Mr. Parker
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 6 donors
  • $0 still needed

Improve Literacy Through Non-Fiction Science Reading Groups

My students need 4 copies of 13 non-fiction science-related book titles such as "Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA" that will allow them to participate in student-led reading groups.

I teach biology to 10th grade students. We are located in a historically under-resourced and 100% minority community. 100% of our students are from the surrounding community.

All children have dreams. Their ability to achieve their dreams is tied to their ability to access the world around them through text. Students in minority communities, for many reasons tied to the culture of living in poverty, are not exposed enough to text. In their lives, they will encounter "gate-keeper" texts from which they must have the skills to gather meaning. Equal to my responsibility to teach my students science is my responsibility to educate my students as members of our society, and to give them the resources necessary to succeed in all facets of life. Research shows that students in secondary classrooms who are given the opportunity to engage in content-area reading are able to improve their reading ability over the course of just one year.

I am eager to add to my classroom library these 13 non-fiction titles of various reading levels so students are able to work together in groups of four and help each other become better readers through discussing the books they are reading.

You have the opportunity to help build a knowledgeable, well-rounded, and literate generation. Help to level the playing field in our society so all students have the opportunity to grow up and achieve their dreams.

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Where Your Donation Goes

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Clan Apis, Vol. 1 Jay Hosler • Barnes and Noble $13.50 4 $54.00
Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays Molly Bang, Diane Wilson • Barnes and Noble $16.20 4 $64.80
Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA James D. Watson • Barnes and Noble $13.50 4 $54.00
Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists (Hello Reader! Science Series) Lynda Jones, Ron Garnett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 4 $14.36
Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster: The Search for the Smallpox Vaccine Albert Marrin • Barnes and Noble $17.99 4 $71.96
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Jim Murphy • Barnes and Noble $14.40 4 $57.60
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters Matt Ridley • Barnes and Noble $3.99 4 $15.96
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA Brenda Maddox • Barnes and Noble $14.35 4 $57.40
Weed Is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver Aliki, Aliki (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 4 $21.40
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures Carl Zimmer • Barnes and Noble $13.50 4 $54.00
Cod's Tale Mark Kurlansky, Eileen Spinelli, S. D. Schindler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 4 $61.16
Girls Who Looked under Rocks Jeannine Atkins, Paula Conner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.05 4 $32.20
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science John Fleischman • Barnes and Noble $8.05 4 $32.20

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This project will reach 140 students.

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