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Ms. Jerez from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Independent Reading Books for 7th Graders

Help me give my students new books for independent reading, such as "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"and "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter."

  • $673 goal

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My Students

My 7th graders are a tight knit community of chatty, hardworking young people from the lower east side of New York City. They come from a wide mix of cultural backgrounds and demonstrate a wide range of ability in regards to language and reading. They share a common passion for questioning and discussing social issues, and love reading and talking about good books. They are silly at times and love to goof around at the worst times, but they are always willing to get to work and apply lessons to improve their writing, critical thinking skills, and discuss ideas with their peers.

My Project

Students in my classroom like to read about superheroes and villains; they like action and fantasy books, or books that hold connections to issues that they see in their every day lives. According to my students, my classroom library doesn't have a large collection of interesting books, so I would like to have books will hold their interests and keep them reading.

YA novels deal with issues of social inequality, identity, and sexuality; they help young people form their own ideas about their world and build their identity.

However, most of the novels that are published represent these issues from a white perspective. According to the Collaborative Children's Book Center, less than 10% of the 3,700 they reviewed in 2017 were written by or were about the Latin experience. As young people growing up in challenging circumstances, it's important for my students to be able to see themselves represented in the texts that we read.

As we move into the new year, many of my students have shared goals of improving their reading. To better support them, I would like to provide books for my students that allow them to see themselves in the stories that they read and that will hold their interest.

Ms. Jerez
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Jason Reynolds's Track Series: Ghost; Patina; Sunny; Lu • Amazon Business $38.98 1 $38.98
The Heroes of Olympus Paperback Boxed Set • Amazon Business $32.17 1 $32.17
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $29.36 1 $29.36
The City of Ember Complete Boxed Set • Amazon Business $23.09 1 $23.09
The Kane Chronicles Box Set • Amazon Business $22.55 1 $22.55
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $10.78 2 $21.56
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $10.60 2 $21.20
Nimona • Amazon Business $10.49 2 $20.98
The Distance Between Us: A Memoir • Amazon Business $10.07 2 $20.14
Return to Sender • Amazon Business $6.29 3 $18.87
Red Glass (Readers Circle (Delacorte)) • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
The Dreamer • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Burn Baby Burn • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 2X Sticking Power, 3 in x 3 in, Rio de Janeiro Collection, 24 Pads, 70 Sheets/Pad, Cabinet Pack • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
Smile and Sisters: The Box Set • Amazon Business $15.38 1 $15.38
Adventures in Middle School 2-Book Box Set: Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy • Amazon Business $15.34 1 $15.34
The Smoking Mirror (Garza Twins) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Journey of the Sparrows • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
La Linea: A Novel • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
The Maldonado Miracle • Amazon Business $6.95 2 $13.90
Spirit Hunters • Amazon Business $6.73 2 $13.46
The Turtle of Oman • Amazon Business $6.48 2 $12.96
Red Midnight • Amazon Business $6.48 2 $12.96
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle Under Castro • Amazon Business $12.12 1 $12.12
El Deafo • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) • Amazon Business $4.79 2 $9.58
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Baseball in April and Other Stories • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Facts of Life: Stories • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23

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