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Ms. Kravetz from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Memoirs for our Reading & Writing Project

My students need 2 copies each of 34 different memoirs for a memoir reading and writing unit.

  • $1,274 goal

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I'm a tenth grade literacy teacher at a school that serves a high-need population of students. I have a classroom library to encourage students to become readers, and a significant part of our class time is devoted to developing reading skills and a love of reading, so that students can be ready for college in three more years. Most of my students come to the 10th grade reading at least two grade levels below where they should be. Many of my students are struggling readers and are not likely to go to the public library on their own to find a book. It's difficult to get them to read without very current, very appealing books in the library. This year, we are going to start with a unit on reading and writing memoir. I will ask students to choose memoirs for independent reading while we study short memoir pieces that I choose and as they write about their own lives. For this proposal, I am requesting a variety of engaging memoir titles to add to our classroom library. I'm always looking for books written by authors of color, so that my African American and Hispanic students might see something of themselves and their own background in the authors I make available to them. I know these books can change the entire tone of our class and get the year off to a great start. I expect all of my students to meet or exceed the NYC standard of reading 24 books per school year. With your kind donation, I can put books into the hands of my wonderful teenagers. Thank you for reading this proposal.

Ms. Kravetz
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez Richard Rodriguez • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
Crazy Loco Love Victor Villasenor • Barnes and Noble $21.56 2 $43.12
A Summer Life Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.85 2 $11.70
American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood Marie Arana, Commentaries by Marie Arana • Barnes and Noble $12.60 2 $25.20
Mama's Girl Veronica Chambers • Barnes and Noble $13.50 2 $27.00
Gabriel's Fire: A Memoir Luis Gabriel Aguilera • Barnes and Noble $19.80 2 $39.60
I'm Down: A Memoir Mishna Wolff • Barnes and Noble $19.16 2 $38.32
Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High Melba Pattillo Beals, Julie Rubenstein (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $12.00 2 $24.00
No Disrespect Sister Souljah, Souljah • Barnes and Noble $11.16 2 $22.32
Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of A Shifting Self Rebecca Walker • Barnes and Noble $21.10 2 $42.20
Long Road Outta Compton: Dr. Dre's Mom on Family, Fame and Terrible Tragedy Verna Griffin • Barnes and Noble $22.45 2 $44.90
My First White Friend: Confessions on Race, Love and Forgiveness Patricia Raybon • Barnes and Noble $13.50 2 $27.00
Behind Every Strong Black Woman, There Is A Bastard Black Man: Love Sex? Randy? Punany Could be a Dangerous Ballgame! Francis Donkoh • Barnes and Noble $13.04 2 $26.08
Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat: A Story of Bulimia Stephanie Covington Armstrong • Barnes and Noble $13.56 2 $27.12
What Your Mama Never Told You: True Stories about Sex and Love Tara Roberts (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
A Step from Heaven An Na • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Barack Obama • Barnes and Noble $11.96 2 $23.92
Life Is So Good George Dawson, Richard Glaubman • Barnes and Noble $12.00 2 $24.00
The Color of Water 10th Anniversary Edition: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother James McBride • Barnes and Noble $11.20 2 $22.40
Black Boy Richard Wright, Foreword by Edward P. Jones • Barnes and Noble $13.56 2 $27.12
Pimp: The Story of My Life Iceberg Slim, Robert Beck • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America Nathan McCall • Barnes and Noble $11.96 2 $23.92
The Pursuit of Happyness Chris Gardner, Quincy Troupe, Mim Eichler Rivas • Barnes and Noble $11.96 2 $23.92
Finding Fish Antwone Q. Fisher, Mim E. Rivas, Mim Eichler Rivas • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Inside a Thug's Heart Angela Ardis, With Tupac Shakur • Barnes and Noble $16.80 2 $33.60
Grace After Midnight Felicia Pearson, David Ritz, With David Ritz • Barnes and Noble $17.60 2 $35.20
Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive Marvelyn Brown, Courtney Martin • Barnes and Noble $11.96 2 $23.92
The Prisoner's Wife asha bandele • Barnes and Noble $12.55 2 $25.10
Something Like Beautiful: One Single Mother's Story Asha Bandele • Barnes and Noble $19.19 2 $38.38
The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and Reconnect with Their Fathers Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt • Barnes and Noble $13.50 2 $27.00
Somebody's Someone Regina Louise • Barnes and Noble $13.45 2 $26.90
Don't Let My Mama Read This: A Southern Fried Memoir Hadjii • Barnes and Noble $11.65 2 $23.30
City Kid: A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success Nelson George • Barnes and Noble $23.35 2 $46.70
Project Girl Janet McDonald • Barnes and Noble $17.05 2 $34.10

Materials cost

$928.14

Vendor shipping charges

$92.81

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$13.92

Fulfillment labor & materials

$9.00

Total project cost

$1,043.87

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$229.14

Total project goal

$1,273.01

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,273.01

4 Donors

-$636.51

Donations toward project cost

-$521.94

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$114.57

match offer

-$636.50

Match offer toward project cost

-$521.93

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$114.57

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$0.00

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