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Mr. Reynolds from Orlando FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

My Students Asked Me to Get These Books!

Help me give my students books they want to read! This list was created by my students, and includes novels graphic novels, manga, a book of poetry (!) and non-fiction! They can't wait to read these books!

  • $287 goal

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My Students

My students are a wonderful, intelligent, and hard-working group of young men and women who never cease to impress me.

Many of them came to our school fleeing hardship.

Almost half the students are Haitian and came to Orlando following the earthquake that devastated the country in 2010. Most of the Hispanic students who make up the other 47.9% of the school are Puerto Rican and came to Orlando due to Puerto Rico's economic crisis and the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. As a result, you are just as likely to hear Spanish or Haitian Creole spoken in the hallways as English.

Although many of my students struggle with the language barrier, they embrace our creed and are committed to getting their reading levels up through daily independent reading.

My Project

The difference between success and struggle in high school, college and beyond is a student's reading level. Although numerous studies have shown that the best way to increase reading level is to simply read as much as possible, my district's curriculum focuses on dissecting short excerpts in an effort to improve students' analytical skills.

The only way for students to have meaningful, extended reading practice is to have them read at home; which means giving them books that they're excited to read on their own!

For this project, students were given the opportunity to browse for books on Amazon. After some discussion and debate, the students settled on a final list that most of them were interested in reading. It's an eclectic mix of novels like "Turtles All the Way Down", and "What if it's us?", nonfiction books on topics like the making of "Stranger Things" ("The World Turned Upside Down") and "Fortnite" ("Get Good"), graphic novels based on the video game Minecraft ("Enter the Mine) and Lovecraft ("Locke & Key"), manga that inspired the anime they watch on Netflix ("Seraph of the End" and "No Game No Life") and even a book of poetry written by an Instagramer with 1.3 million followers named Atticus ("The Dark Between Stars").

Honestly, I hadn't heard of most of these books, which is what made this such an interesting project! The books I grew up loving are over 25 years-old, and I truly believe students should be reading the books they love, and not just the books their teacher loves.

They can't wait to read these books!

Mr. Reynolds
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Locke & Key Master Edition Volume 1 • Amazon Business $33.64 1 $33.64
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $11.29 2 $22.58
Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion • Amazon Business $19.49 1 $19.49
Ninja: Get Good: My Ultimate Guide to Gaming • Amazon Business $16.29 1 $16.29
The Dark Between Stars: Poems • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Saving Xenos: An Unofficial Graphic Novel for Minecrafters, #6 • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
What If It's Us • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
No Game No Life, Vol. 5 - light novel • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
No Game No Life, Vol. 4 - light novel • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
PopularMMOs Presents Enter the Mine • Amazon Business $11.17 1 $11.17
Chasing Herobrine: An Unofficial Graphic Novel for Minecrafters, #5 • Amazon Business $11.11 1 $11.11
PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Seraph of the End, Vol. 13 (13) • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
One-Punch Man, Vol. 18 (18) • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81
Seraph of the End, Vol. 14 (14) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49

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