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

Reading is for Everybody!

My students need access to graphic novels in the classroom. They are learning to love reading and graphic novels often provide a gateway for students to becoming lifelong readers.

  • $332 goal

This project expired on September 12, 2018.

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My Students

My students are diverse in a number of ways but are united as a family in the classroom. We help and support one another, work together to solve problems, and enjoy learning with and from one another. There are 27 of us in our class. We have a variety of interests represented in our room, from reading to sports to science to art.

Our school is always filled to the brim with young scholars; at last count, we had 470 students here.

More than half of the students at our school come from low-income households. We are a neighborhood school in many cases, but also have some students from all over our town. We have a number of students who speak languages other than English at home. We value our diversity and cherish our unity.

My Project

My students love graphic novels but our classroom bookshelves do not have many options in that genre at this time. Graphic novels often open the door to a love of reading for the sake of enjoyment. They are engaging and appealing to many kids, and they still include complex plots, interesting character development, and much more.

When reading graphic novels, students benefit from having pictures to support them in understanding the text.

The illustrations also add an extra layer for them to consider and analyze as they read. This support is especially valuable to students who are learning English or have difficulty reading. Some of the books chosen from this list stand on their own in series and others are “remakes” of traditional novels. The remakes will help my struggling students encounter the stories they might not be able to yet without the support.

Everyone deserves to experience great literature, develop a love of reading for enjoyment, and to have access to genres that light their fire.

Mrs. Brakenbury
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 27 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Captain Underpants (8 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $35.86 1 $35.86
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (7 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $31.38 1 $31.38
Amulet Boxset: Books 1-3 • AKJ Education $28.45 1 $28.45
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $16.78 1 $16.78
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Titan's Curse: The Graphic Novel The Titan's Curse • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Sea of Monsters, The: The Graphic Novel The Sea of Monsters • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
The Last Council (Amulet #4) The Last Council • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Escape From Lucien (Amulet #6) • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5) Prince of the Elves • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Alison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Nancy Drew The New Case Files #3: Together with the Hardy Boys • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Nancy Drew #14: Sleight of Dan • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
The Boxcar Children #15: Mountaintop Mystery • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Amusement Park Mystery • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Boxcar Children Graphic Novels #4: Mystery Ranch • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Castle Mystery • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Pizza Mystery • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Tree House Mystery • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Haunted Cabin Mystery • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Boxcar Children #14: The Lighthouse Mystery • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Boxcar Children: The Woodshed Mystery • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Nancy Drew #16 What Goes UP • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Nancy Drew #18 City Under the Basement • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75

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