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Mrs. Karrels from Appleton WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Personal Connections With High Interest Novels

Help me give my students reading and writing opportunities they were deprived of growing up.

  • $308 goal

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My Students

A large portion of our 7th and 8th grade population consists of students who receive free or reduced priced services and are considered at-risk. Forty-five percent of the student body are a minority race with 59% of all students economically disadvantaged. 14% are limited English proficient.

Our school is known as a trauma-sensitive school due to the number of students dealing with some form of abuse.

These are the years when several students speak up, usually for the first time, about their abuse, thus making school the last thing on their mind.

Several of the shelters in our community are in our attendance area, making us a very transient school. These students have several large gaps in their learning because it.

My Project

Not many students are read to as young children. Most households do not contain reading material so students may go the summer months without touching a book. School is the best way to put books into the hands of low-level readers.

With your help, we can minimize illiteracy in middle school.

The high interest novels will provide my classroom library with a more varied collection. Several of the novels have relate-able story lines for the student population at Wilson.

The two teacher resource books contain creative ideas for literature circles; and the other resource has high interest writing prompts that are tied to passages from books.

Mrs. Karrels
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles • Amazon Business $37.97 1 $37.97
The Quickwrite Handbook: 100 Mentor Texts to Jumpstart Your Students' Thinking and Writing • Amazon Business $28.50 1 $28.50
Nightbooks • Amazon Business $16.35 1 $16.35
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Hobbit • AKJ Education $6.13 2 $12.26
The Things They Carried • AKJ Education $10.15 1 $10.15
Knockout • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Hunger Games • AKJ Education $8.77 1 $8.77
Love, Hate and Other Filters • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
The Adventurers Guild (The Adventurers Guild, Book 1) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Greetings from Witness Protection! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood • Amazon Business $7.62 1 $7.62
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
The Maze Runner (Book One) • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Breakout • Amazon Business $6.81 1 $6.81
The Giver • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
A Raisin in the Sun (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.57 1 $5.57

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