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Mrs. Blythe from Avon IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

My Students: The Young and the Restless

My students need a myriad of young adult literature books including "Dreamland," "Finding Fish," and "Deadline."

  • $308 goal

This project expired on September 11, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

At the start of every school year, I feel like Wonder Woman. Okay, maybe not the official Wonder Woman in tights, but a woman who nonetheless is expected to do wonderful and spectacular things for her students.

One of these things is to transform dozens of unsuspecting high school students into the best readers and writers they can possibly be.

Oh, and did I mention I only have 180 days to do it? Lucky for my students (or not so lucky, depending on who is judging) I am a teacher who actually believes she can do it. I am a firm believer that reading is the key to everything in English land. Not only does reading improve one’s vocabulary, but it also improves one’s reading abilities and writing. The problem? Most students do not like to read. Ouch.

My Project

I try to work around this teeny, tiny, insignificant problem by tricking my students into thinking that yes, they actually like to read. How do I do this? Well, first, I carefully select mentor texts that prove to be interesting to my students. When I teach grammar, the writing process, and the 6+1 Traits of Writing, I pull paragraphs from texts that will appeal to my students. I teach the difference between main and subordinate clauses by using a paragraph from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, and, oops, I have them hooked (and yes, even some of the boys read Twilight). In addition to choosing mentor texts and making them a part of my instruction, I also try to have the biggest classroom library possible available for my students. Now that the Twilight obsession is fading, I am struggling to come up with new and exciting books for them to read.

So, I asked my students what THEY wanted.

Likewise, I scoured the web and searched for lists of current books that would interest my students, and these, my friends, are the books that I would love to add to my classroom library. With your help, my students will no longer be restless from boredom (at least not in English class). Please help inspire my students to become the best readers they can be!

Mrs. Blythe
Grades 9-12

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Identical Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $12.95 1 $12.95
Tricks Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $13.67 1 $13.67
The Lost Sister Megan Kelley Hall • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Son of the Mob Gordon Korman • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Whale Talk Chris Crutcher • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Response Paul Volponi • Barnes and Noble $11.51 1 $11.51
Black and White Paul Volponi • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Rooftop Paul Volponi • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Sarah Dessen Gift Set Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $19.41 1 $19.41
Dreamland Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Finding Fish Antwone Q. Fisher, Mim E. Rivas, Mim Eichler Rivas • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) Suzanne Collins • Barnes and Noble $10.52 1 $10.52
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) Suzanne Collins • Barnes and Noble $10.52 1 $10.52
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #5) Rick Riordan • Barnes and Noble $10.52 1 $10.52
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #4), Vol. 4 Rick Riordan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Three Volume Boxed Set Rick Riordan • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
Vampire Academy Box Set Richelle Mead • Barnes and Noble $15.78 1 $15.78
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy Series #4) Richelle Mead • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Willow: It's Hard to Keep a Secret When it's Written All Over Your Body... Julia Hoban • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Deadline Chris Crutcher • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
The Good Soldiers David Finkel • Barnes and Noble $18.72 1 $18.72
The Last Song Nicholas Sparks • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Acceleration Graham McNamee • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29

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