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Mrs. Dickinson from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Novels to Enhance the Joy of Reading!

Help me give my students memorable, fictional novels so they will love reading!

  • $456 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work at an ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse Chicago Public School. With almost 800 students from Pre-K to 8th Grade, three-fourths of the population comes from low-income households. The majority of our students are minorities, and recently we have seen an influx of refugees.

My middle school students are not only finding a safe, nurturing learning environment, but they are also finding their voice.

Their exuberance, gumption, and tenacity compel me to give them the necessary tools needed to be powerful thinkers, writers, and speakers. I absolutely love coming to work every day because my middle schoolers inspire and motivate me. In return, I hope my passion for education is instilled in them.

My Project

As a middle school Language Arts teacher, my aim is to teach the reader. The only way for my students to have a passion for reading is for them to have the ability to choose from a variety of rich, diverse, and current novels. Building a library that is at their interest level gives them strength to know there are plenty of choices out there and that they can read on their own.

These novels are not only engaging because of their readability level, but they also provide thought-provoking context that will be examined through a critical lens.

At the heart of these amazing reads we reflect on how we view others, how we relate to each other, and why we make certain choices. Ultimately, with a good book we gain a deeper understanding of humanity.

Mrs. Dickinson
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
All American Boys • AKJ Education $8.75 5 $43.75
The Boy in the Black Suit • AKJ Education $8.75 5 $43.75
Money Hungry (new cover) • AKJ Education $6.56 5 $32.80
Wolf Hollow • AKJ Education $6.56 5 $32.80
How It Went Down • AKJ Education $8.02 4 $32.08
Marcelo in the Real World • AKJ Education $7.29 4 $29.16
Monster • AKJ Education $8.02 3 $24.06
The Secret Life of Bees • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.59 4 $22.36
Counting by 7s • AKJ Education $6.56 3 $19.68
A Long Walk to Water • AKJ Education $4.40 4 $17.60
The One and Only Ivan • AKJ Education $5.49 3 $16.47
Out of My Mind • AKJ Education $6.99 2 $13.98

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