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  • $494 goal

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Ms. Carlton
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 13 donors
  • $0 still needed

Reading Around The World

My students need more than 45 books from "Three Cups of Tea" to "Hatshepsut" to help them develop as readers, thinkers, and global citizens!

My Students

In a world where print is all around us all the time, literacy is the most critical element in a child's education. However, as a teacher new to the elementary setting, I must build a classroom library from nothing. My students deserve to learn about their world from engaging and diverse texts!

My students attend a public Title I elementary school in a small town in the heart of rural California.

Title I means that 70% of them receive free or reduced price lunches which is a standard measure of poverty in schools. In my class of 27 kids, 20 of them receive free/reduced lunch (74%). In addition, 22 are members of minority groups (82%), 5 are English Language Learners (20%), and 2 are students with disabilities (7%). The combination of poverty, disability, and a language barrier has presented my students with significant academic challenges. Last year on the state test, 15 of them, or 56%, scored Not Proficient in English/Language Arts. This is because most of them read below grade level.

My Project

My students need more than 45 books to help them develop as readers, thinkers, and global citizens! The book list I have chosen is a combination of both fiction and nonfiction. I made a conscious effort to choose stories and biographies that will capture and sustain their interest while at the same time giving them the opportunity to learn about different people, places, and experiences in the world they live in. I made it a point to choose books that are relevant to my students, so that they can relate and learn from each one. The list includes several books by Hispanic authors, stories about other kids their age facing common challenges, stories about athletes, leaders, and others overcoming adversity, diverse accounts of the experience of being an immigrant, classic stories with which everyone should be familiar, and stories and biographies from many different time periods and cultures.

In order for my kids to catch up to their more advantaged peers, they need to achieve more than a year's worth of reading growth this year.

The most effective way to do this is through practice. I can't expect them to read constantly unless I provide texts at their levels that they actually WANT to read. The book list I have chosen is a combination of interesting, relatable stories and biographies that will keep them engaged in achieving our goal and will also educate them as global citizens.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diary of a Wimpy Kid • AKJ Books $72.26 1 $72.26
20 Soccer Superstars Velazquez de Leon, Mauricio • AKJ Books $23.32 1 $23.32
Cosmic Frank Cottrell Boyce • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
President Obama: A Day in the Life of America&apos • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Nobel''s Women for Peace • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Nzingha, Warrior Queen of Matamba • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Luis Walter Alvarez • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Treasure Island (Sterling Unabridged Classics Series) Robert • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Frankenstein (Sterling Unabridged Classics Series) Mary Shel • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Long Road to Freedom: Journey of the Hmong Linda Barr • AKJ Books $6.57 1 $6.57
Immigrant Kids • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Seedfolks • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Hatshepsut • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Three Cups of Tea • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Adam Canfield of the Slash • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Pepins and Their Problems • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Cesar Chavez(Just the Facts Biographies) • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
Joey Pigza Loses Control • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Toad Rage Morris Gleitzman • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Ginger Pye • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Mandela • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Number the Stars • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Witch of Blackbird Pond • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Swiss Family Robinson Johann Wyss • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Al Capone Shines My Shoes • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Wolves of Willoughby Chase • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Return to Sender • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Shooting Kabul • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Behind Rebel Lines(Reissue Edition) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
The Jumping Tree • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Milton Hershey: Young Chocolatier M. M. Eboch, Meryl Henders • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Barack Obama • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Princess Diana • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Pele James Buckley • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
The Kite Fighters • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Half and Half • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Drita, My Homegirl • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Bad Girls • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
On the Court with... Lebron James Matt Christopher, Stephani • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Clara Barton • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34
Ivan the Terrible • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34
Neil Armstrong • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34
Cleopatra: Egypts Last and Greatest Queen (Sterling Biograph • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34
Pacific Crossing Gary Soto • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34
Leopold II • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34
On the Field With... Peyton and Eli Manning Matt Christopher • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
The Jungle Book • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
The Adventures of Robin Hood • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64

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