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Mrs. Wright from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning English through the Joy of Reading

My students need 34 high interest, low reading level books to help them develop their English language skills and encourage healthy reading habits.

  • $385 goal

This project expired on June 19, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Remember the Krebs Cycle? The Pythagorean Theorem? Hamlet? Imagine having to study them in a language foreign to your own.

Over 15% of our students are English language learners, many of whom immigrate to the U.S.

in the middle of their high school career. They are thrown into classes where they’re expected to read, write, and discuss in a new language, and (in many cases) a completely different alphabet. We are librarians in an inner-city Title 1 public high school where over 300 students voluntarily visit the library every day. Almost 90% of our students come from low-income families, so they don’t have much money for books. That's where we come in. The more printed texts we carry written at their reading level, the more opportunities our English learners have to broaden their vocabulary and strengthen their reading comprehension (Cummins, 2011).

My Project

Recreational reading is more effective than traditional methods of instruction (e.g. drill and repetition) for improving reading and listening comprehension, vocabulary, oral language, writing, and grammar skills in second-language learners (Elley and Mangubhai, 1983). For that reason, we’re requesting books in English and Spanish that are appropriate and enjoyable for English language learners. These books will provide a necessary scaffold as our students progress from introductory English to conversational English to academic English. We’ve included 10 popular Spanish novels because developing the students’ literacy in their first language improves their literacy in their new language (Cummins, 1981 and Krashen, 1996 and 2003). Moreover, students who read for pleasure in their heritage language have better language retention than students who don’t (Krashen, 2004).

Your funding would allow us to provide more high-interest, low-level English library books, as well as books in our students’ native language.

This will also encourage ESL teachers to schedule more time for their classes to visit the library, check out books, and read.

Mrs. Wright
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Boy Called Twister (Urban Underground #3) • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Dark Secrets-Urban Underground • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
The Fairest • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
If You Really Loved Me (Urban Underground #4) • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Like a Broken Doll • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
The Quality of Mercy • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Time of Courage • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
To Catch a Dream • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Wildflower • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Knifepoint • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
No Fear • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Hannah''s Touch • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
Down Norah McClintock • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
Masked Norah McClintock • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
Esperanza renace (Esperanza Rising) Pam Munoz Ryan, Nuria Mo • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal (Harry Potter and the Sor • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
Devolver al Remitente / Return to Sender • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
El ladron del rayo (The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and t • AKJ Books $14.79 1 $14.79
Gracias a Winn-dixie / Because of Winn-Dixie • AKJ Books $8.87 1 $8.87
Desde mi cielo (The Lovely Bones) Alice Sebold • AKJ Books $11.10 1 $11.10
La ladrona de libros Markus Zusak • AKJ Books $10.32 1 $10.32
Halo / Halo • AKJ Books $16.98 1 $16.98
Vampire Knight, Volume 1 Matsuri Hino, Matsuri Hino (Illustr • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Vampire Knight, Volume 2 Matsuri Hino, Matsuri Hino (Illustr • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Mushishi 1 • AKJ Books $9.58 1 $9.58
Mushishi II • AKJ Books $10.35 1 $10.35
Hu sped (The Host) Stephenie Meyer • AKJ Books $14.79 1 $14.79
Eternidad (Evermore: Immortals Series #1) Alyson Noel • AKJ Books $10.32 1 $10.32
Cirque Du Freak Manga Volume 1 • AKJ Books $8.87 1 $8.87
Cirque Du Freak Manga Volume 2 • AKJ Books $8.87 1 $8.87
Boot Camp • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Safety Behind Bars • AKJ Books $13.49 1 $13.49
Monkey • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Eagle • AKJ Books $11.83 1 $11.83

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