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Mrs. Cruse from Heavener OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Meet in the Middle-Blending Cultures Through Reading

My students need copies of high-interest novels in Spanish and English to help our large ELL population thrive during literature circles and class discussion.

  • $606 goal

This project expired on January 17, 2016.

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My Students

My classroom is a challenge. Students walk in possibly a bit intimidated but they leave vindicated. My students know that the work ethic in my room will push them to their limits, but that I will give them the tools and the time necessary to help them succeed.

My students are some of the best out there.

We have 74 percent free or reduced lunch and sometimes kids come to school without sleep or proper clothing. Many of these instances aren't a full result of neglect, but a different standard of what is socially acceptable. I work with my students to show them that there can be an appreciation of their culture, but also that many companies and schools will require them to modify their work ethic. Our high English Language Learner population also adds in a different cultural element.

My Project

​We will use the high interest books like Impulse, Seal Team Six, War Dogs, and all the Spanish copies to assist students with a language and/or learning barrier. This will also enable some students to "bridge" the gap--as we have increased classroom reading, it is becoming "cool" to tote a book. This will expand the options for our students as our school library receives no budget.

Reading is the key to everything!

This project will assist students with expanding lexile levels and comprehension--something that will enhance school work. These titles will help bridge the gap. I've been successful in providing these super popular books to my English reading students, but I need to find a way to provide those types of materials to my Spanish reading students as well.​ By executing projects like these, I am developing life-long learners that will be productive in society.

Mrs. Cruse
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 330 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Looking For Alaska • Amazon Business $14.85 5 $74.25
The Catcher in the Rye • Amazon Business $18.55 3 $55.65
Wintergirls • Amazon Business $11.68 3 $35.04
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $9.76 3 $29.28
Burned • Amazon Business $14.08 1 $14.08
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Impulse • Amazon Business $13.49 2 $26.98
Glass • Amazon Business $13.16 2 $26.32
Perfect • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58
The Kite Runner • Amazon Business $19.05 1 $19.05
Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL's True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice • Amazon Business $17.77 1 $17.77
Los Juegos del Hambre = The Hunger Games (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $15.92 1 $15.92
The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers • Amazon Business $15.70 1 $15.70
Percy Jackson y los Dioses del Olimpo II : El mar de los monstruos (Percy Jackson / Percy Jackson and the Olympians) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Girl on the Train • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
Tilt • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon Business $12.47 1 $12.47
El ladron del rayo / The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson Y Los Dioses Del Olimpo/ Percy Jackson and the Olympians) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat • Amazon Business $8.82 1 $8.82
Dark Places • Amazon Business $8.33 1 $8.33
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure • Amazon Business $7.11 1 $7.11

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