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Ms. Drake from Hume CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literature Options for Personalized, Fun Reading

My students need some extra books for our English classes in order to promote reading for pleasure!

  • $228 goal

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My Students

My students are high schoolers living in or near the Sequoia National Forest.

Because of the rural location, my HLCS students do not have a "normal" teenage experience.

In additional to the normal day-to-day challenges of living hours away from a standard "town" with grocery stores and libraries, our remote location limits the students' access to technology (no cell service and very limited internet). Additionally, due to our small school size, we have no sports or extracurricular in which our students could participate (aside for ASB and yearbook).

Though there are currently only 26 high schoolers in the entire high school, I want to help provide them with as "normal" an educational experience as possible. They know their life experiences are limited because of their location, yet I want them to be prepared as possible for their futures--being knowledgeable of the world in which they live and experienced with a variety of skills, tools, and life opportunities.

My Project

I want my students to love learning, and as we all know, not all students love all the core reading materials in English classes. For this reason, I include a project in my class called SSR (Silent Sustained Reading). Teachers orchestrate this differently, but for me, I allow my students to choose any book of their liking per the provided guidelines (a book they have never read before, at their reading level, etc) to read during independent reading time each quarter. They read the book both inside and outside of class throughout the quarter and do a casual book-talk with me at the end, just to confirm that they actually did read the book.

This project has been great by allowing the students to have something fun/enjoyable to read, even if our current whole-class book is not to their personal preference.

My hope is that it encourages them to read for pleasure and explore other types of literature.

For this reason, I like to provide a sample selection of classic literature for students to peruse and from which to potentially select an SSR book. If I cannot provide a mini-library from which they can choose a book, students may have a harder time accessing books on their own, and with our school growing, I need to widen my selection of books in my classroom in order to ensure there is something there for every student. I am asking for copies of thirteen books including Moby Dick, March: Books 1-3 and The Old Man and The Sea.

I would love your help in order to make this possible for my students. SSR has been a favorite amongst them as it has allowed them freedom of choice as they are able to enjoy literature on their own!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Three African-American Classics: Up from Slavery, The Souls of Black Folk and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass • Amazon Business $7.16 5 $35.80
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Moby Dick • Amazon Business $12.11 1 $12.11
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
The Old Man and The Sea • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
The Help • Amazon Business $9.42 1 $9.42
March: Book One • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Zeitoun • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Little Women (Signet Classics) • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76

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