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Ms. Swaine from Baton Rouge LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspiring Adolescent Readers!

My students need fascinating, leveled texts for independent reading, and a class set of "A Child Called It" for our nonfiction unit.

  • $539 goal

This project expired on October 24, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

A child who has spent the past seven years avoiding reading at all costs must be inspired by the books introduced in my classroom. Every text has been hand-selected with the intention of soliciting interest and changing mindsets.

My students are rambunctious, passionate, eager to learn, and intellectually malleable.

When provided with the right text, my students transform into ambitious and ardent scholars. The opposite is true for texts in which my students do not emotionally connect. As a teacher, I have seen the best and most empowered versions of my students while reading engaging books. 90% of my students are African American, and 89% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. These kids attend a school that has been slowly on the rise (moving from a grade F to a grade D) over the past five years, but there is still so much room for growth. Unfortunately, my students do not have access to books that are of interest to them.

My Project

The texts I have chosen are with painstaking selectivity. The first, A Child Called It, is a nonfiction text that will change the way my students think about nonfiction. The book tells a story of a boy who becomes independent from a young age after dealing with abuse from an alcoholic mother. The emotionally gripping tale will be both cathartic and emotional for my students. As a teacher, it will become increasingly easier to teach the necessary standards with such an encompassing text. The second is a list of high-interest, leveled texts geared specifically toward African American adolescents. The challenge of encouraging my students to read independently would be ameliorated with the access to captivating books like the ones I have listed. Whenever I accessed these texts in the past, students would fight over the reading list. Knowing that a child--especially one who has never read an entire book in his or her lifetime--is vying for a particular book is life-changing.

Supporting my project would mean giving amazing and deserving students access to books and lessons to which they would never otherwise have access.

This project is an opportunity to open a child's mind to world of literature, to improve their reading levels, and ultimately their life. Everyone remembers their favorite books from middle school; if you support this project, you are allowing a new generation to have this memory for the rest of their lives.

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

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This project will reach 80 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Child Called It: One Child''s Courage to Survive • AKJ Books $8.72 26 $226.72
Forged by Fire (HB) • AKJ Books $13.13 2 $26.26
The First Part Last Angela Johnson • AKJ Books $12.40 2 $24.80
Full Bluford Series (15 Books) • AKJ Books $22.50 1 $22.50
Lady J • AKJ Books $7.26 2 $14.52
Double Dutch Sharon M. Draper • AKJ Books $4.37 2 $8.74
Sister Sister Babygirl Daniels • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Frenemies • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Keep It Movin'' • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Holidaze • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Street Love • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Hip-Hop High School Alan Lawrence Sitomer • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Romiette And Julio • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Just Another Hero • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Baby Girl • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Heaven • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
The Bully • AKJ Books $1.50 1 $1.50

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