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Ms. Meyer from Indianola MS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading is Fun. No, Really! Books to Start our School Year

My students need two class sets of books: "Carrie" and "Death Note" (a graphic novel). I want to begin the year with some high-interest works to get everyone excited about reading.

  • $463 goal

This project expired on December 24, 2011.

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My Students

Why do you read? Is it to identify theme and point of view? Is it to take a state test that possibly contains paragraphs about the history of salt? We read because we love stories. My students read because they've been told to-- because of the reasons listed above. It's time for that to change.

My students live in Mississippi, the home of B.B.

King and delicious catfish. Nearly all of my students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and very few have been outside the state of Mississippi. The state deemed our school a failing school and assumed control of it not too long ago. Yet, despite all of the challenges my students face, they still come to class every day with incredible willpower. They deserve a curriculum that challenges them AND engages them.

My Project

My students need two class sets of books: "Carrie" and "Death Note" (a graphic novel). I want to begin the year with some high-interest works to get everyone excited about reading. "Carrie": It's violent, action-packed and creepy. What's not to love? There's even an anti-bully message to be teased out. My students read "Night" last year with great success; as readers, they enjoyed the constant action and graphic nature of the text. The structure of "Carrie", (pieces of different news clips, other media and narrative), will provide fodder for interesting analysis. We'll also take a look at what makes "scary" literature scary-- word choice, foreshadowing, etc. If you had told me I'd be teaching the children of Mississippi to read the manga a few years ago...I would have laughed. But the plot of "Death Note", is compelling, and the opportunity to get students interested in literature from another culture is too big to pass up. We'll discuss the larger thematic issues that are brought up by the text (vigilante justice, teen angst) as well as, more specific topics pertaining to graphic novels (symbolism, dialogue, etc).

The first few months of school set the tone for the remainder of the year.

My students won't walk in the building amped to read-- I have to get them there. These books will get them engaged in reading and challenge them simultaneously.

Ms. Meyer
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carrie • AKJ Books $6.23 26 $161.98
Death Note, Volume 1 Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrato • AKJ Books $6.23 27 $168.21

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