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Mrs. Agostino from Danville CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

New and Novel: Books That Teens Will WANT to Read

My students need new books to support their choice reading. Keeping my library up to date is crucial to enticing my students to read more!

  • $765 goal

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My Students

Most of my students are high achieving and highly motivated. They do their reading and their homework with the hopes of earning entrance into a four year college. They care greatly about getting good grades, but sometimes lose sight of their love of learning in the process. More specifically, many of them have lost their love of reading. They view reading as a boring chore, one that they do begrudgingly, or even worse, don't do at all. I believe my students need more choice in what they read and study, to entice them to be lifelong readers and learners.

In our high performing community, our students "do school," but often miss out on meaningful learning.

They crave choice and independence in their learning. Also, as in any classroom, I have a huge range of reading abilities. By giving them choice, I can better differentiate instruction and use reading conferences to make sure each student has a book that works for him or her.

My Project

I run a choice reading curriculum in my classroom, meaning that students get to read mostly books of their choice. I find that constantly having the newest and most interesting books in my classroom is the best way to entice them to read. It's one step above telling them the title of a book and sending them off to the library or Amazon; it's putting a book in a student's hand and saying, "Here. I think you will like this. Go ahead and take it home to read."

I try to read most of the books in my classroom so that I can make better recommendations to students.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway is a recent favorite of mine, and one that I can see recommending to many different types of students. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus will likely be continually checked out, due to it's mystery plot line and multiple narrator story telling technique. I carefully cultivate my library to have a wide variety of books. I believe that at any given time, there is a book for every one of my students in my library, just waiting to be found. By having the latest and greatest books in my classroom, I can continue to make this promise to my new batch of students this school year.

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
People Kill People • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices) • Amazon Business $19.83 1 $19.83
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Iron Gold: Book 4 of the Red Rising Saga (Red Rising Series) • Amazon Business $17.21 1 $17.21
Something in the Water: A Novel • Amazon Business $16.20 1 $16.20
Night Owls • Amazon Business $16.07 1 $16.07
An Unwanted Guest • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
Fugitive Six (Lorien Legacies Reborn) • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Bring Me Back: A Novel • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
The End of the Day • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
The Breakdown: A Novel • Amazon Business $13.58 1 $13.58
The Plot Against America • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
A Stranger in the House: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
Artemis: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.78 1 $12.78
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
The Sun and Her Flowers • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
Far from the Tree • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $12.52 1 $12.52
The Thing with Feathers (Blink) • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Jane, Unlimited • Amazon Business $11.81 1 $11.81
What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
The Chemist • Amazon Business $11.18 1 $11.18
The Night Circus • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
Starfish • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
When Dimple Met Rishi • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
Death Coming Up the Hill • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Eliza and Her Monsters • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
As You Wish • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
History Is All You Left Me • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Paper Butterflies • Amazon Business $9.67 1 $9.67
The Lying Game: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Stitches: A Memoir • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
What I Saw And How I Lied • Amazon Business $9.17 1 $9.17
Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn) • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
Golden Boy • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Queens of Fennbirn (Three Dark Crowns) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
More Happy Than Not • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Once and for All • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Enemy (new cover) (An Enemy Novel) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Moloka'i: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
The Star-Touched Queen • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Dark Matter: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
X: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Three Dark Crowns • Amazon Business $7.14 1 $7.14
Emmy & Oliver • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Made You Up • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Counting by 7s • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
180 Seconds • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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