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Ms. Dobbs from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Is Everything

My students need all of these recommended titles from adolescents to inspire and motivate them to read.

  • $859 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I am so blessed to be a teacher. My students teach me so much.

One word that I am constantly hearing from many of them is how much they dislike reading.

Many of them are English Language learners, and they struggle with reading and writing in English fluently, as well as performing on grade level as opposed to native speakers.

The demographic of my school is largely Asian and many of them are the first or second generation of their family to be in the United States. Approximately 80 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

The cultural make up of our school is a blessing and we all do learn very much from each other.

My Project

Nancy Atwell is known for her work in the area of Readers and Writers workshop. Every year I struggle with the phrase "I hate to read" that comes from many of my students. I don't believe they hate to read, I believe that they need to have good titles to read that are recommended from their peers.

I am bound and determined this year to help students reach their greatest potential as readers and writers, and in order to do this, I need a classroom library that entices them to read.

All of these novels come highly recommended from adolescents. Students will be able to select books that they are interested in and will then be able to finish many novels throughout the school year. Reading and writing go hand in hand, so once the students read, they will also reflect and write about the things they have learned from reading these novels. Student choice is a big deal to middle school students, and I hope these titles will enable them to grow as readers and build their confidence so that they can continue to be life long learners, and be better readers and writers.

Ms. Dobbs
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Refugee • Amazon Business $11.89 5 $59.45
The Rattled Bones • Amazon Business $10.43 5 $52.15
The Ruby Red Trilogy Boxed Set: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green • Amazon Business $23.07 2 $46.14
Passenger • Amazon Business $8.91 5 $44.55
The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery) • Amazon Business $8.80 5 $44.00
Dreamland Burning • Amazon Business $8.79 5 $43.95
The Selection • Amazon Business $8.48 5 $42.40
The Monstrumologist • Amazon Business $7.98 5 $39.90
The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist) • Amazon Business $7.98 5 $39.90
All American Boys • Amazon Business $6.98 5 $34.90
Ten • Amazon Business $5.49 5 $27.45
Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $13.04 2 $26.08
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster • Amazon Business $10.50 2 $21.00
The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn) • Amazon Business $4.02 5 $20.10
Murder on the Orient Express • Amazon Business $6.50 3 $19.50
The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Night (Night) • Amazon Business $5.90 3 $17.70
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War • Amazon Business $5.89 3 $17.67
The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure • Amazon Business $17.66 1 $17.66

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