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  • $468 goal

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Ms. MacLeod-Bluver
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 6 donors
  • $0 still needed

Ms.! I Read for 3 Hours Last Night!--We Need More Books!

My students need a variety of high-interest, low-level books. They are all recent immigrants and are still very much in the process of learning English.

My Students

I believe in the power of reading and story telling. In my classroom, we learn through stories. We learn about others, we learn about ourselves, and we learn about our world. We form questions together and then we use stories to help us answer our questions.

I teach in an urban public high school in Dorchester, MA.

My students are all recent immigrants to the U.S., coming from the D.R., Cape Verde, Guatemala, Haiti, El Salvador, Vietnam, and more. They range in age from 15 to 21. Nearly all students qualify for free or reduced lunch, most students will be the first in their family to graduate from college, and many will be the first in their family to graduate from high school. They are all driven to not only learn English, but to really succeed in the United States.

My Project

Each day in my class, we will do "independent reading." This is a sacred time where we can dive into our books and immerse ourselves fully in the power of story telling. Students will use my library and our public library to choose books that they want to read in this time. In order for this to be successful, students need books that interest them and that they can read on their own. Because my students are older than your typical 9th grader, finding books that meets this criteria is difficult. With the help of my colleagues, I have selected high interest books (ranging from baseball to Justin Beiber to MLK Jr. to other immigrant stories) that also meet their reading level. Reading every day will build students' literacy, fluency, and hopefully their love for stories.

Consistent research has demonstrated that the more students read as they are acquiring a new language, the faster their literacy and fluency develops.

Donations to my classroom library will fuel this growth. My goal is that students will not only jump in reading level and grade level, but that they will also develop a love for reading

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Go Ahead & Like It • Amazon $18.60 1 $18.60
Haiti on My Mind: Stories by Haitian-American Teens • Amazon $15.25 1 $15.25
Smoke • Amazon $13.38 1 $13.38
Once a King, Always a King: The Unmaking of a Latin King • Amazon $12.72 1 $12.72
P.S. I'm Eleven (Surviving Haiti's Quake) • Amazon $10.80 1 $10.80
Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All • Amazon $10.70 1 $10.70
Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries #3) • Amazon $10.62 1 $10.62
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl • Amazon $10.62 1 $10.62
Perfect • Amazon $10.01 1 $10.01
Burned • Amazon $9.96 1 $9.96
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon $9.93 1 $9.93
Such a Pretty Girl • Amazon $9.34 1 $9.34
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) • Amazon $9.32 1 $9.32
Lockdown • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
Clean • Amazon $8.90 1 $8.90
Snitch • Amazon $8.80 1 $8.80
Bronxwood • Amazon $8.80 1 $8.80
Street Pharm • Amazon $8.80 1 $8.80
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life • Amazon $8.32 1 $8.32
Just One Day • Amazon $8.31 1 $8.31
Willow • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
We Were Here • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
The Skin I'm In • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Homeboyz • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
From Somalia with Love • Amazon $8.06 1 $8.06
The First Part Last • Amazon $7.81 1 $7.81
Stolen • Amazon $7.78 1 $7.78
Who Am I Without Him? (new cover) • Amazon $7.60 1 $7.60
Tyrell • Amazon $7.35 1 $7.35
The Battle of Jericho (The Jericho Trilogy) • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Ball Don't Lie • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Money Hungry (new cover) • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
November Blues (The Jericho Trilogy) • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Living Dead Girl • Amazon $6.41 1 $6.41
Scars • Amazon $6.22 1 $6.22
Drama • Amazon $6.04 1 $6.04
Rooftop • Amazon $5.90 1 $5.90
Wintergirls • Amazon $5.72 1 $5.72
Cut • Amazon $5.66 1 $5.66
By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead • Amazon $5.61 1 $5.61

Materials cost

$361.54

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.42

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$396.96

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$70.05

Total project goal

$467.01

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$467.01

5 Donors

-$387.89

Donations toward project cost

-$354.46

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$33.43

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$29.12

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 80 students.

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