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Ms. Whetten from Palm Beach Gardens FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy: A Tool for Success

Help me give my students comprehensible Spanish books to encourage exploration and imagination.

  • $432 goal

This project expired on November 29, 2019.

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My Students

"Ms. Whetten, do you want a hamburger?" This question seemed odd: I had just finished a demonstration and students were in the middle of an assignment. It wasn't about food. "I'll make you the best burger you have ever had: lettuce, tomato, cheese, and BACON." I looked at the student, unsure what to say. "Do you want fries? They'll be the best fries you have ever tasted." He handed me an imaginary plate and his face lit up as I savored a bite of burger and munched on imaginary fries before helping him move forward on his assignment. This experience taught me something invaluable about him and the students I teach.

My students are enthusiastic and creative; they want to be accepted for who they are and the strengths they possess.

Just as this student would not continue the assignment until I "ate" at his burger joint, my students look to be understood before they are taught. As mostly freshmen students, they are transitioning and discovering the people they want to be. Once they recognize those traits, they are stubborn and determined individuals who work toward success and are unstoppable.

My Project

Do you remember being enchanted as a child when you gathered as a class for reading time? Can you still envision the plot as it paraded through your mind feeding your desire to read?

At a high school where nearly 40% of students read at or below third-grade level, literacy instruction is crucial in every classroom.

Creating a classroom library allows students to refocus on reading fluency and comprehension in a language where every student is a beginner. This can lower concerns about not understanding because each book has tools (glossaries, low quantities of unique words, repetition of new and high-frequency words) to help students be successful.

By reading individually and as a class, students will learn strategies to increase comprehension. Reading strategies are universal, and because of this, these skills and strategies will transfer to English and help build student confidence and success in their other coursework.

Ms. Whetten
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 160 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
MIldred quiere un novio! (Comprehended Input for early Spanish as a Foreign Language readers) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
A Puerco le gusta hacer selfies! (Comprehended Input for early Spanish as a Foreign Language readers) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
La familia de Federico Rico (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
El Silbón de Venezuela (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Peter va a Colombia (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
La piñata de Renata (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Ángel (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Elena (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
EL ratón Pablito (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Daniel (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
El Pombero: Una leyenda paraguaya (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Papacito (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
EL CAMINO DEL CAFÉ (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
Las sombras: Corre y no mires atras (Las apariencias enga?an) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Meche y las ballenas: A novel for intermediate learners of Spanish (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
La mochila (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
La última prueba (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Carl no quiere ir a Mexico (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Secretos (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
El viaje dificil (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Los tres amigos (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
La chica nueva (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
El Jersey (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
El Cóndor de los Andes (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
JULIO (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
La clase de confesiones: Carlos hace el peor error de su vida (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
La isla más peligrosa (Lo m?s peligroso) (Volume 1) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
El Armario (Las apariencias engañan) (Volume 1) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
El Escape: Casi me mata el celular (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Ahorita (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Juliana (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Las Apariencias Engañan: Todos tenemos secretos (Volume 1) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.75 1 $6.75
Tumba (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
El escape cubano (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
El capibara con botas (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
Fiesta fatal • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
Agentes secretos y el mural de Picasso • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
La perezosa impaciente (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
La Novia Perfecta (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
Ataques de Hambre (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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