You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Menu
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

 
See this teacher's page

Ms. Brier from Ozone Park NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child - Awesome Novel Study

My students need a class set of this amazing novel, The Graveyard Book, to work on understanding literary devices such as symbolism, metaphors and conflict.

  • $315 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"It takes a village to raise a child" may have aptly described our global community, but in Neil Gaiman's novel, it seems it takes only a graveyard to educate and nurture a child! The Graveyard Book has been called an allegory of childhood. It's also a great read and teaching tool for literacy.

This year I teach two sixth grades class in both language arts and social studies.

My students come from many cultures and many are from immigrant families. Education is very important but our community is a mostly low income. The children are eager and their parents value the classroom experiences I provide. This is also the middle school I attended as a teenager, so I feel a deep connection to my students and their future.

My Project

High interest books such as Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book can inspire and change the life of a child. By engaging students in meaningful literacy activities using this novel, I hope to capture their imagination and provoke a lifelong love of reading. As students study the characters, how they react and change over time and how plot events affect them, they learn more about themselves and the world around them. We will create "symbolism passports" to keep track of the clever literary messages in the book. We will write a script based on sections of the book to further our understanding. We plan to compare dramatic, audio and written versions of the story to deepen our comprehension of the plot conflicts so carefully crafted by the author. This novel study will bring new ideas and a fresh text to a classroom of eager learners.

Please support this great literacy project!

Novel studies allow students to build literacy skills while immersed in an imaginary, magical world of words. Each time 35 new books arrive, the students smile in anticipation of the learning about to begin. The Graveyard Book is beautifully written and will captivate my classes.

Read More
Ms. Brier
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 70 students.

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. Brier is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Graveyard BookCD • AKJ Books $22.16 1 $22.16
The Graveyard Book • AKJ Books $5.91 35 $206.85

Materials cost

$229.01

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.44

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$267.45

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$47.20

Total project goal

$314.65

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$314.65

4 Donors

-$297.00

Donations toward project cost

-$267.45

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.55

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"New York City","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[345],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"NY","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"merchant.com.donorschoose1.prod","proposalId":667152,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":1,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/it-takes-a-graveyard-to-raise-a-child-/667152/","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":70,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Brier","authorIds":{"345":{"owner":"Ms. Brier","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[667152],"proposalHash":"1581254858","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://storage.donorschoose.net/dc_prod/images/teacher/profile/272x272/tp345_272x272.jpg?width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1534879823533","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":41766,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":{"completingDonationAmount":7335,"proposalURL":"project/a-circulation-desk-is-the-center-of-libr/4994622/","proposalTitle":"A Circulation Desk is the Center of Library Life","proposalId":4994622},"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MTAxNzc4OA==","NTQxOTA3MA==","NDQyMzY2","NDk0NTg3"],"teacherId":345,"schoolCounty":"Queens","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"NY","name":"New York"}}