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Ms. Levinson from Chicago IL is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning to Love Independent Reading

My students need high interest books to get them hooked and the technology to share what they've read with their peers.

  • $1,241 goal

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My Students

My students are brilliant and concerned citizens. They are poets and musicians, artists and politicians. They live and attend school in the heart of Chicago. Most of them will be the first generation of their families to attend college.

Unfortunately, they have had little exposure to books that reflect the world they see on a daily basis.

This has given them a distaste for books. Unless I can foster in them a love of reading, their dreams will be that much harder to achieve. Every year, when alumni come to visit and I ask them what was the biggest challenge in college, they all say the same thing -- the reading.

My Project

I created this project after realizing that my students struggle to read independently, mostly because they haven't been exposed to books they can relate to. For this project, I plan to start with a whole class novel, The Hate U Give, which I think will help strengthen student interest in learning, followed by independent reading novels that students will choose.

The Chromebooks will allow students to keep track of their reading progress, through the use of several free online programs.

Technology is very limited in our school and due to the independent nature of this project, we will need access to computers each day so that students can log their progress whenever they complete a book.

Ms. Levinson
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Samsung Chromebook 3 2GB RAM, 11.6" Chromebook (XE500C13-K05US) • Amazon Business $195.45 4 $781.80
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $10.78 15 $161.70
All American Boys • AKJ Education $14.57 1 $14.57
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.28 1 $12.28
Mexican WhiteBoy • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
We Were Here • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $4.98 1 $4.98
Last Lobo • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50

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