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Mr. Holmes from Alameda CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Make Reading A Habit!

Help me give my students culturally relevant, diverse, and high-interest books for independent reading.

  • $1,706 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Expectations are high for students the moment they arrive. My students want to meet those challenges. My students trust that I will guide them through a complex and difficult world of letters.

My English class has been described as intensive, student-centric, and practical.

Practical because the skills students learn in English will be used their entire lives. Student-centric because students have choice and independence in their learning. I am the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage. Students problem solve together and practice skills on their own. Intensive because we focus on intellectually stimulating subjects like linguistics. Intensive because we write constantly and the practice of getting thoughts onto paper is a muscle students are still developing. Intensive because we are always reading, often more than students are used to until it is a habit.

My Project

Students in my English class are responsible for reading independently throughout the year. They select their own books for reading. They are given some class time to read. They write one-pagers (short writing assignments focusing on critical understanding of the text) about their book. The goal is not to write about reading, or think too heavily about reading. The goal is to create lifelong readers.

"People who are undernourished need good food; readers who are undernourished need good books and lots of them," said Kelly Gallagher author of Readicide.

Kelly Gallagher describes Readicide as, "the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools." I am trying to prevent this from happening to my students through independent reading.

Funding this project will help me to build a classroom library full of high-interest literature, non-fiction, and graphic novels.

I have a brand new group of students this year who walked in to my room at the beginning of the year to find my library stocked with new books. There is already a buzz and excitement about reading in my classes. I want to continue that hype with an injection of new reading material.

I've selected books of many genres and interests to add to my library. I have intelligent and engaging graphic novels (Shaun Tan's The Arrival), culturally relevant historical fiction (Lan Cao's The Monkey Bridge), accessible non-fiction (many selections from the Short Introduction Series), etc. I have tried to include something for everyone in this exciting project.

Mr. Holmes
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Monkey Bridge • Amazon Business $13.98 4 $55.92
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass • Amazon Business $6.54 4 $26.16
Rethinking Popular Culture and Media Second Edition • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama (Critical American Studies) • Amazon Business $19.41 1 $19.41
General Intellects: Twenty-Five Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century • Amazon Business $18.32 1 $18.32
Landscapes: John Berger on Art • Amazon Business $18.32 1 $18.32
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow (A Center for Cartoon Studies Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years • Amazon Business $17.98 1 $17.98
Living for Change • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life (Radical Thinkers) • Amazon Business $17.11 1 $17.11
The Female Man (Bluestreak) • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War • Amazon Business $16.48 1 $16.48
Against Creativity • Amazon Business $16.48 1 $16.48
Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America • Amazon Business $16.47 1 $16.47
Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter • Amazon Business $15.58 1 $15.58
That is All • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Aesthetics and Politics (Radical Thinkers) • Amazon Business $14.37 1 $14.37
The Arrival • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
Woman on the Edge of Time: A Novel • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series) • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
Who Fears Death • Amazon Business $13.71 1 $13.71
Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Convenience Store Woman • Amazon Business $13.52 1 $13.52
The Tao of Pooh • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
The Men Who Stare at Goats • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
The Woman in the Dunes • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
The Mixquiahuala Letters • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
Moxie: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Te of Piglet • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
The Box Man: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Face of Another • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Nothing: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Identity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Humour: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Chaos: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
The Hidden Life of Trees: A Visual Celebration of a Magnificent World • Amazon Business $11.56 1 $11.56
Strange Weather in Tokyo: A Novel • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
The Golem's Mighty Swing • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Beauty: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $11.35 1 $11.35
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $11.35 1 $11.35
Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $11.30 1 $11.30
Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $11.30 1 $11.30
Rani Patel In Full Effect • Amazon Business $11.17 1 $11.17
Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $11.12 1 $11.12
Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $11.04 1 $11.04
Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Free Will: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $10.94 1 $10.94
Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The Nakano Thrift Shop: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Lovecraft Country: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Magic: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $10.74 1 $10.74
More Information Than You Require • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
The 13 Clocks: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $10.06 1 $10.06
Happiness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $10.04 1 $10.04
Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $10.04 1 $10.04
Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Sleep: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $9.67 1 $9.67
Ethics: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Reality: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $9.58 1 $9.58
Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $9.53 1 $9.53
Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $9.46 1 $9.46
Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $9.45 1 $9.45
Infinity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Feminism: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Love: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $9.31 1 $9.31
You Can't Win • Amazon Business $9.28 1 $9.28
Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $9.28 1 $9.28
Racism: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
The Lathe Of Heaven: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Miracles: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Perception: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
The Word for World is Forest • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
The Areas of My Expertise: An Almanac of Complete World Knowledge Compiled with Instructive Annotation and Arranged in Useful Order • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
Jung: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Freud: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $7.78 1 $7.78
The Goblin Emperor • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction • Amazon Business $7.52 1 $7.52
Lucy and Linh • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Logic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23
Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series (Penguin Books for Art) • Amazon Business $6.67 1 $6.67
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World • Amazon Business $6.26 1 $6.26

Materials cost

$1,282.84

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$117.38

3rd party payment processing fee

$19.24

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,449.46

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$255.79

Total project goal

$1,705.25

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,705.25

2 Donors

-$1,705.25

Donations toward project cost

-$1,449.46

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$255.79

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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