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Mrs. Taylor from Denham Spgs LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mastering Mystery in South Louisiana

The cost of the books from Barnes and Noble is $570, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $619 goal

This project expired on April 30, 2007.

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I love matching literature to each of my 90 students in my reading and English classroom at Denham Springs Junior High in south Louisiana. I am especially challenged to find literature for students who are convinced that reading is not for them. By having my student's complete written surveys and by simply quizzing them about things they like, I persist in finding books they will read. One of my new students who arrived in my class as an evacuee from Katrina was a particular challenge until I found that he loved scary movies and introduced him to R. L. Stine books. Now it is hard to get him to stop reading! This is a wonderful problem for a language arts teacher to have! The wide ranging tastes in my classroom have led me to transition from a one-size-fits-all novel for the whole class to Literature Circles where students are placed in groups with other students interested in reading the same novel. This requires that I have many small sets of 5-6 novels encompassing as many genres as possible, so I can reach students on different reading levels with differing interests. To this end I have been collecting sets of novels for two years by either buying them myself or by using Scholastic book club points that I have earned. Our new Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum requires reading to be taught by genre. My goal now is to collect enough small group sets of books to have collections for each genre. The genre units are poetry, mystery, drama and humor. I would like to build a collection of novels for each of these genres, and because our first unit of the year is mystery, this proposal will address that genre first. Thank you so much for considering my proposal.

Mrs. Taylor
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Breaker's Reef (Cape Refuge Series) Terri Blackstock • Barnes and Noble $11.69 6 $70.14
Blind Dates Can Be Murder Mindy Starns Clark • Barnes and Noble $10.79 6 $64.74
Swallowing Stones Joyce McDonald • Barnes and Noble $6.29 6 $37.74
Deathwatch Robb White • Barnes and Noble $5.85 6 $35.10
Rag and Bone Shop Robert Cormier • Barnes and Noble $5.85 6 $35.10
After The First Death Robert Cormier, Craig Virden (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 6 $35.10
Wolf Rider: A Tale of Terror Avi • Barnes and Noble $5.39 6 $32.34
The House on the Cliff (Hardy Boys Mystery Stories Series #2) Franklin W. Dixon • Barnes and Noble $5.39 6 $32.34
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan • Barnes and Noble $5.39 6 $32.34
Someone Is Hiding on Alcatraz Island Eve Bunting • Barnes and Noble $5.39 6 $32.34
Windcatcher Avi • Barnes and Noble $4.49 6 $26.94

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