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Mrs. Becker from Bossier City LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Get Real: Non-Fiction in the Classroom Library

My students need non-fiction and poetry in our classroom library as this type of reading builds background knowledge and leads to student success.

  • $287 goal

This project expired on November 30, 2018.

This project expired on November 30, 2018.

My Students

My students are great kids and range in age between 15 and 18. The wide majority are from high poverty backgrounds where books are luxuries. Very few of them have books in the home. A lot of my students are very involved in sports, clubs, and they work after school at part-time jobs or babysitting siblings.

Even though my students come from challenging backgrounds, they are hungry to learn.

When asked about their past reading habits, for example, many were nostalgic about elementary school when they were able to read for fun. Almost none of them read outside of school as teenagers. It's almost as if it just has never occurred to them.

My Project

This project supplements our classroom library which is primarily fiction. Students need to read non-fiction as well because it builds background knowledge and historical context. I've also added poetry titles because our classroom library has very little poetry and we all need a little beauty in life!

Standardized testing and the new curriculum focuses heavily on non-fiction (about 75%), and research shows that students will read more when they have a choice about what they read.

This project will help give them more choices. This list of books includes topics my students will be interested in and which will spark their interests.

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

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World • Amazon Business $16.89 1 $16.89
In Cold Blood • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
The Sun and Her Flowers • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Johnstown Flood • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Things They Carried • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Outliers: The Story of Success • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Brave Companions: Portraits In History • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Holocaust Poetry • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
Milk and Honey • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration (Captured History) • Amazon Business $8.38 1 $8.38
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Out of the Dust • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Fever 1793 • Amazon Business $6.62 1 $6.62

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