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Ms. O'Malley from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Parachuting Into College - Part I

The students of the senior class need 3-5 copies of 10 books written by various authors from different countries and backgrounds to read during the course of their year.

  • $621 goal

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The founding class of our Illinois school is preparing to parachute into college success! We serve 90% free and reduced lunch students and have an emphasis not just on college-entry, but college success. In English Colloquium, a class designed for seniors gearing up for college, students who entered the school reading below grade level will receive the support to select, read, analyze, and discuss college-level texts in order to prepare themselves for college success.

Our first class of seniors gears up to set the precedent for showing that despite hailing from low-income and troubled communities, they can succeed as prepared college graduates. Part of this preparation is preparing the mind for critical thinking skills in reading and writing. Because of our limited resources, we do not have an official library, and would like to provide as many resources as possible to empower our seniors to select, read, and discuss college-level texts with their peers. Seeing as how reading across the nation is at a critical state, we want to make sure that we are exposing our students to as wide a variety of texts so that they do not become another statistic of not finishing college.

We are requesting 3-5 copies of various college-level texts, such as Native Son, Slaughterhouse-Five and Go Tell It on the Mountain, so that students have the element of choice in their reading. By offering a multitude of books, we are letting our students know of the range of texts that exist in the world and debunking any notions that college texts are "too hard" or "don't relate to me." Students will be supported while they independently read their chosen books, be given opportunities to hold small group discussions with peers who are also reading the book, and then present their book to others who may be interested. By incorporating a community aspect to the reading process, we are showing them that the life of a reader is not solitary, and that learning is a team effort. We are convinced that building confidence in reading and in discussing the learning will give our students the confidence to problem-solve and work through the struggles of college.

Your help will make it possible for my students to build momentum for college success. The jump to college is intimidating, especially for first-generation attendees - which constitute 90% of our population. If this project is funded, then you will be helping to close the achievement gap for students in low-income neighborhoods. You will make a great difference!

Ms. O'Malley
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 118 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Beloved Toni Morrison • Barnes and Noble $13.45 5 $67.25
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother James McBride • Barnes and Noble $12.60 5 $63.00
Native Son Richard Wright, John Reilly (Afterword), Richard Wright (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 3 $34.95
1984 George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 5 $44.95
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison, Ralph Ellison (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $13.45 3 $40.35
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin • Barnes and Noble $6.75 5 $33.75
Animal Farm George Orwell, C. M. Woodhouse (Introduction), Preface by Russell Baker • Barnes and Noble $8.99 5 $44.95
Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger • Barnes and Noble $6.29 5 $31.45
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck • Barnes and Noble $13.60 3 $40.80
Slaughterhouse-Five: Or, the Children's Crusade, A Duty-Dance with Death Kurt Vonnegut • Barnes and Noble $7.19 5 $35.95

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