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Ms. Levey-Pabst from Hyde Park MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning to Love Literature

My students need multiple copies of 35+ books.

  • $997 goal

This project expired on April 28, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

There is nothing more magical than watching a student discover the amazing worlds and ideas that await them in an exciting and enjoyable book.

As a 10th grade English teacher in a low-income urban community one of my many missions to support my students’ development as life-long readers so that they will have the reading skills and abilities to not only get into college but to thrive in college.

In my district students are expected to read twenty books a year. However, many students struggle to meet this goal because they do not have easy access to engaging books, or are not even sure which books to pick up because they have never correlated their everyday interests with reading. When students are introduced to books they like, they are more likely to read and try new books. This not only adds to their enjoyment of reading, but also increases their reading ability and confidence, which is crucial for their understanding of the types of texts they will encounter in college and beyond.

My Project

One of the cornerstones of my class is teaching students to use a metacognitive process while reading, where students analyze their own reading process. In order to get my students thinking about reading, I have them write reflective journals and discuss their reading with others. However, none of this is really possible until a student has a book that is engaging. Students who engaged in reading quickly develop complex metacognitive skills. This ideal result leads to both higher reading levels and stronger writing skills as students develop the thinking that will help them engage with and understand the rich texts they will encounter both in higher grades and college.

The other amazing thing about infusing my class with engaging new titles is that students see that books are not static artifacts from the past, but dynamic opportunities for enjoyment and learning.

Through books students discover the joy of reading, and along the way become stronger thinkers. This is what your gift of the highly engaging books will contribute to all the students who come through my classroom now and for many years to come.

Ms. Levey-Pabst
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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22 donors22 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie David Lubar • AKJ BOOKS $5.11 7 $35.77
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz • AKJ BOOKS $7.78 7 $54.46
The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 4 $28.84
In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez • AKJ BOOKS $8.59 7 $60.13
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) Suzanne Collins • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 7 $53.76
Ender's Game (Ender Wiggin Series #1) Orson Scott Card • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 7 $35.84
Lost and Found (Bluford High Series #1) Anne Schraff • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 3 $10.23
Secrets in the Shadows (Bluford High Series #3) Anne Schraff, Paul Langan (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 3 $10.23
Payback (Bluford High Series #6) Paul Langan • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 3 $10.23
A Matter of Trust (Bluford High Series #2) Anne Schraff, Paul Langan (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 3 $10.23
Blood is Thicker (Bluford High Series #8) Paul Langan, D. M. Blackwell • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 3 $10.23
The Bully (Bluford High Series #5) Paul Langan • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 3 $10.23
Until We Meet Again (Bluford High Series #7) Anne Schraff, Anne E. Schraff • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 3 $10.23
Romiette and Julio Sharon M. Draper, Adam Lowenbein (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 2 $11.94
Just Another Hero Sharon M. Draper • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 2 $11.94
Tears of a Tiger Sharon M. Draper • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 2 $11.94
Go Ask Alice Anonymous • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 2 $17.08
Hate List Jennifer Brown • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Give a Boy a Gun Todd Strasser • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 2 $11.94
Football Hero Tim Green • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 2 $11.94
Baseball Great Tim Green • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 2 $11.94
Football Champ Tim Green • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 2 $11.94
Above the Law Tim Green • AKJ BOOKS $5.11 2 $10.22
The Reformed Vampire Support Group Catherine Jinks • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 2 $15.36
Twilight Stephenie Meyer • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 2 $13.66
New Moon Stephenie Meyer • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 2 $13.66
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson • AKJ BOOKS $6.84 7 $47.88
Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L. A. Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $9.50 7 $66.50
Inheritance 3-Book Trade Paperback Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr) Christopher Paolini • AKJ BOOKS $21.63 2 $43.26
Looking for Alaska John Green • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 4 $30.72
Drown Junot Diaz • AKJ BOOKS $10.06 2 $20.12
Paper Towns John Green • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Liar's Game Eric Jerome Dickey • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 2 $14.42
Cheaters Eric Jerome Dickey • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 2 $14.42
Friends and Lovers Eric Jerome Dickey • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 2 $14.42
Between Lovers Eric Jerome Dickey • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 2 $14.42
Midnight: A Gangster Love Story Sister Souljah • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 2 $14.42
Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher • AKJ BOOKS $9.43 1 $9.43

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