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Mr. Jordan from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning to Love Reading

My students need 6 copies each of 8 book titles, from canonical works such as "Number the Stars" to student-engaging titles such as the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series.

  • $672 goal

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It pains me write this, but many of my students do not enjoy reading. I am a new teacher at a school where the majority of students live in impoverished areas, receive free meals, and have had repeated exposure to gang activity. I teach a mixture of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who are English Language Learners. Although my students are bright kids who want to succeed academically, the majority of them are rather averse to reading. On average, the students in my Reading Lab read at a 3rd grade level. Many of my students are reading at a level that is four years below their grade level. Their disinterest in reading can be attributed to a few different things. First, my students are still learning English, and as a result, grade-level texts are often inaccessible to them because of the vocabulary and structures. As a result, many of the texts that they have been asked to read are more appropriate for elementary school children. In addition, they also have not been sufficiently exposed to literature that excites, inspires, or affects them. And at this juncture in their lives where they are experiencing all types of physical and emotional development, they need to find things they can relate to and find hope in. Despite these drawbacks, the majority of my students are indeed invested in achieving our Big Goal of growing by at least 1.5 years in reading. The thing that is crucial to the accomplishment of our goal is for my students to enjoy reading. And in order for them to enjoy reading, I need to supply them with books that will open their eyes to the realities(and fantasies) of the world and that will help them learn more about themselves. My students need 6 copies of (at the moment) eight book titles, from canonical works such as Number the Starsto student-engaging titles such as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. You have the power to change the lives of a group of young adults who need to learn about the joys of reading before it is too late. They will be entering high school soon, and if they are not able to improve their reading skills in the very near future, then their options for courses - and eventually their options for colleges and careers - will be severely limited. Thank you for reading this proposal and I hope that you can help my students learn to love reading.

Mr. Jordan
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Number the Stars Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $6.29 6 $37.74
Stone Fox John Reynolds Gardiner, Marcia Sewall (Illustrator), Greg Hargreaves (Illustrator), Marcia Sewall (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $4.95 6 $29.70
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #1) Jeff Kinney • Barnes and Noble $10.36 6 $62.16
Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #2) Jeff Kinney • Barnes and Noble $10.36 6 $62.16
The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #3) Jeff Kinney • Barnes and Noble $10.36 6 $62.16
Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #4) Jeff Kinney • Barnes and Noble $8.37 6 $50.22
Leon's Story Leon Walter Tillage, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 6 $37.50
Rafael Marquez Arturo Contro, Megan Benson (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $19.12 6 $114.72

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