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

Let the Battle Begin!

My students need the required Battle of the Books titles to successfully compete in the 2019 city competition.

  • $498 goal

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My Students

95% of the school is Hispanic and many are English language learners. Reading is a great opportunity for them to expanded their English vocabulary in a nonthreatening setting. In addition to overcoming the obstacle of reading in a second language, many of the students come from low income homes and cannot afford additional learning materials. Our school is 100% free lunch this year. Although these middle schoolers face many struggles, they crave to succeed in school. Students want to stay after school in the library instead of going home. My goal is to create a safe haven that promotes well-read, successful adolescents.

My Project

It is the beginning of the school year and my 7th and 8th graders are eager to get reading for their annual competition. The Battle of the Books team is required to read twenty-one newly released titles and prepare themselves for a trivia contest against other Chicago schools.

In order to prepare my students For Battle of the Books we need to have all twenty-one titles readily available.

Therefore I am asking for help in purchasing the list of titles. Books vary across genre, reading level and interest.

After the book club uses these titles to prepare for their trivia competition they will be placed in the school library for all students to check out for years to come.

Ms. Sauer
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Black Panther The Young Prince (Marvel Black Panther) • Amazon Business $13.59 2 $27.18
Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America • Amazon Business $12.89 2 $25.78
Martin Rising: Requiem For a King • Amazon Business $12.85 2 $25.70
Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots • Amazon Business $12.59 2 $25.18
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star) • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
Restart • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
The Night Diary • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
Like Vanessa • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
Nightbooks • Amazon Business $11.72 2 $23.44
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish • Amazon Business $11.72 2 $23.44
The Length of a String • Amazon Business $11.56 2 $23.12
The Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game, Book One) • Amazon Business $11.19 2 $22.38
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus • Amazon Business $8.98 2 $17.96
Falling Over Sideways • Amazon Business $6.80 2 $13.60
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 • Amazon Business $7.87 1 $7.87

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