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Mrs. Rivera from Bridgeport CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reader's Paradise!

My students need an extensive classroom library with books that will serve all reading levels.

  • $457 goal

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My Students

My students attend a Title I school in Bridgeport, Connecticut and are energetic, bright and avid readers. They enjoy class discussions, especially those that revolve around books.

Although there are some that struggle and have difficulty finding a book that will sustain their interest, their effort and enthusiasm are​ admirable.

Last year, I was fortunate to have this same group of students for a different course. We often talked about how they would be able to choose their own reading material in twelfth grade English. Their enthusiasm was a source of encouragement for me.

The first week of school, I passed out a list of 101 titles for young adults. I asked them to star the books they would want to see in the classroom library. They collaborated as a group to develop the list, which was comprised of novels revolving around teens in urban neighborhoods, as well as those with adolescent issues as the conflict.

My Project

Lifelong​ readers choose the books they read and in order to set my students on that track, they choose their own books. Therefore, I am creating a "Reader's Paradise" for them by providing them with access to a variety of titles and genres chosen by them.

Reader's Workshop will be the start of each class.

Students will read their books independently for thirty minutes and then there will be time for a variety of activities that include responding to reading, book talk within a group and conferencing with me. Through this process, students will practice reading strategies and have engaging discussions with their peers.

Mrs. Rivera
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bluford Series 20-Book Boxed Set (Books 1-20) • Amazon Business $80.01 1 $80.01
The Kite Runner • Amazon Business $11.91 2 $23.82
Watchmen • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Den of Shadows Quartet • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Tied • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
A Thousand Splendid Suns • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
Girl, Interrupted • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
The Perfect Shot • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Street Pharm • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Nineteen Minutes • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club) • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
The Truth About Forever • Amazon Business $9.08 1 $9.08
I Am the Messenger • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Rules of Survival • Amazon Business $8.63 1 $8.63
Elsewhere: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.60 1 $8.60
A Certain Slant of Light • Amazon Business $8.47 1 $8.47
Running Out of Time • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Snitch • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Someone Like You • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88
The Heist (Gabriel Allon) • Amazon Business $7.78 1 $7.78
Things I Have to Tell You: Poems and Writing by Teenage Girls (Betsy Franco Young Adult) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Thirteen Reasons Why • Amazon Business $7.57 1 $7.57
Looking for Alaska • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
The House of the Scorpion • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie • Amazon Business $7.30 1 $7.30
You Hear Me: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Pact: A Love Story • Amazon Business $6.90 1 $6.90

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