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Mrs. Dopson from Winchester VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Increasing Access for All Through Graphic Novels

Help me give my students access to graphic novels to increase reading engagement.

  • $421 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I have a wide range of students with exceptionalities. I will be working with students who are English Language Learners and students with learning disabilities. My students are on various reading levels, ranging from a first grade level up to middle school. Most of my students would tell you they are not crazy about reading, but when you get the right book in a students hand they can't resist.

Many of my students do not have accessible books at home or books they are interested in reading.

They would benefit from reading about real world experiences. In my previous experience, graphic novels have been the hook in getting my students to actually enjoy reading and wanting to do it more! My favorite thing to hear is, "Mrs. Dopson, can we keep reading please?"

My Project

Graphic novels will give reading access to all of my students and help them become engaged in reading. They will be pertinent in helping my students gain visual literacy skills and inferential skills. Graphic novels help students visualize, which is an essential skill in reading comprehension. Without being able to visualize, it causes breakdowns in a student's comprehension. In the past, I have had students who would tell you they disliked reading.

Many of my students with learning differences start out with chapter books and generally do not ever complete a full book.

As I sit down and talk with them I realize they are not enjoying the book or, reading in general, because they don't understand it. I then will suggest a graphic novel and it seems for the next few months those are what they gravitate to. It is a way to get students to start enjoy reading and increase their stamina. Then eventually, students gain confidence and will start reading chapter books.

Mrs. Dopson
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amulet #1-7 Box Set • Amazon Business $52.73 1 $52.73
The Raina Telgemeier Collection (A Box Set) • Amazon Business $29.00 1 $29.00
Hilo: Out-of-This-World Boxed Set • Amazon Business $28.24 1 $28.24
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $25.92 1 $25.92
The Bad Guys Box Set: Books 1-5 • Amazon Business $22.87 1 $22.87
Sunny Side Up and Swing It, Sunny: The Box Set • Amazon Business $18.55 1 $18.55
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • Amazon Business $15.01 1 $15.01
Tall Tales (BONE Prequel) • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Be Prepared • Amazon Business $11.11 1 $11.11
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Great Cow Race (BONE #2) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Eyes of the Storm (BONE #3) • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
Roller Girl • Amazon Business $10.70 1 $10.70
Rose (BONE Prequel) • Amazon Business $10.58 1 $10.58
Dragonslayer (BONE #4) • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
Out from Boneville (BONE #1) • Amazon Business $9.87 1 $9.87
Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border (BONE #5) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
A Graphix Book: Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy • Amazon Business $8.80 1 $8.80
Supernova (Amulet #8) • Amazon Business $8.62 1 $8.62
The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #2) • Amazon Business $5.02 1 $5.02

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