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Ms. Lee from Louisville KY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Kiki: Do You Love Books? Are You Reading?

My students need young adult books and a second Kindle e-reader for our independent reading. We are also in need of a tripod and memory cards so that we can record speeches to share with others.

  • $542 goal

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My Students

Our school has almost 2000 students, in a building that seemed crowded with 1500. As student numbers have rapidly increased, our ability to buy more books for independent reading has hit the wayside. Our school spends far less money per student per year than other high schools in the district.

While I have a small classroom library, there are always titles that are popular with students and ones that they cannot seem to find elsewhere.

I'm looking for specific titles that the students have asked me for. These are high-interest young adult fiction.

My students often come into class without books and usually don't buy books themselves. Some tell me that they "gave up" reading after elementary school, since they didn't have book fairs in middle school.

It would be great to offer highly sought-after titles in my classroom. Also, it's fun to have new books and not the ones that have been sitting in our school library for years without ever being checked out. As a HUGE fan of young adult literature myself, I am always reading new titles and looking for others that would be appealing to students.

My Project

For this project, I chose some young adult titles that the students have asked for as well as a bookshelf to hold those books. Many of these titles are not available in our school library or have extensive waiting lists, as many are eager to read these titles. I have included a Kindle e-reader, which can hold MANY books, which I can link to my own e-book library of over 115 titles. This is a great way to save a bit of shelf space and also to incorporate technology into the classroom.

After looking at our reading comprehension tests, I've found that 47% of my students read below grade level, with almost 35% reading BELOW middle school level (and these are high school students!).

If my students are willing to read instead of sitting on Snapchat all day long, I'm willing to beg for the books to put into their hands. The only way to become a better reader is to read more! And I have students who want to read! This is a win-win situation.

I've also asked for an extra battery and a tripod for our class video camera, so that they can record the speeches that they write and also book talks to get others excited about reading.

Ms. Lee
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kindle E-reader - Black, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi, Built-In Audible - Includes Special Offers • Amazon Business $71.99 1 $71.99
Mylex Three Shelf Bookcase; Two Adjustable Shelves; 11.63 x 29.63 x 31.63 Inches, Black, Assembly Required (43064) • Amazon Business $35.88 1 $35.88
SanDisk 64GB Class 4 SDXC Flash Memory Card, Frustration-Free Packaging- SDSDB-064G-AFFP (Label May Change) • Amazon Business $17.88 2 $35.76
Battery And Charger Kit For Canon VIXIA HF R82, HF R80, HF R800, HF R62, HF R60, HF R600, HF R700, HF R72, HF R70 Camcorder Includes Replacement BP-718 Battery + Charger (Replaces Canon BP-709,BP-718) • Amazon Business $27.95 1 $27.95
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag • Amazon Business $23.49 1 $23.49
Archenemies (Renegades) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air) • Amazon Business $16.64 1 $16.64
Part of Your World: A Twisted Tale • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
Wildcard (Warcross) • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Speech Class for Teens: 28 Speech Class Lessons Plus Handouts and Forms • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Reflection: A Twisted Tale • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Impostors • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes) • Amazon Business $13.65 1 $13.65
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $13.65 1 $13.65
Warcross • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Legendary: A Caraval Novel • Amazon Business $12.13 1 $12.13
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Renegades • Amazon Business $11.42 1 $11.42
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes) • Amazon Business $10.65 1 $10.65
Ready Player One: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Every Day • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Boy21 • Amazon Business $5.50 1 $5.50

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