You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Menu
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

 
See this teacher's page

Mrs. Koopmans from Sorrento FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Like a Boss: Providing Complex Texts to Students

My students need access to a 5th grade classroom library made up of higher level texts possessing a greater level of complexity.

  • $563 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

It is critical to advance our students' language and literacy. Currently, "kids are not reading what they need to be reading." (M.J. Adams/American Educator) This project will impact three classes of students...about 75 children. As one of three reading teachers for fifth graders at my school, I was challenged by training I received this summer: I was moved into a whole new room of understanding about what texts I must use to instruct my students.

Providing students with splendidly engaging complex texts ultimately creates in them the capacity for language, information and modes of thought they need to become better readers and better students.

Rich literature leads children into the kind of rich conversation and ultimately into deeper thinking than frivolous books or those written to simply entertain. Graphic novels have their place, but the thought of a mature adult spending precious time reading them is ridiculous on the face of it. So why make these books available to children as a viable reading option in the classroom? Publishers are making quality complex literature readily available and I want to provide THIS kind of book to my students through my classroom library.

My Project

This year I will teach reading differently because I (and about 450 of my colleagues) recently attended the Standards Academy. What I learned there was astonishing. Research shows that children do not know how to read as well as they did 50 years ago! In order to overcome this appalling condition, "All students must read and comprehend literary and informational text of [on] grade-level complexity, including poetry, drama and narrative, history/social studies, science and technical texts, independently and proficiently." (Liben and Liben)

I need more engaging nonfiction texts and a good mix of biographies and some fiction text that contain the rich and satisfying stories that will lead my students to fall in love with reading while engaging in complex texts.

I seek to launch an attack on this alarming situation through a multi-faceted approach which includes using these weapons already in my arsenal: More emphasis on effective grammar instruction (not worksheets), daily opportunities to increase fluency (stamina), and finally, accountability for independent reading and shared reading of the most complex and challenging texts to support struggling readers. The students in my room will read a huge amount of quality literature while I work smarter to build in more support for students grappling with reading challenges without "dumbing down" the texts I make available to them. I hope you will help me in my effort to make an impact on my students' ability to read and comprehend complex text. I am not alone in this campaign: I am on this quest with many other teachers in my school and in my district. Note: All texts purchased through this grant are hardcover or libary bound for the ultimate amount of endurance in a high usage environment.

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

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 75 students.

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Koopmans is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War (CitizenKid) • Amazon Business $17.95 4 $71.80
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.39 3 $43.17
14 Cows for America • Amazon Business $12.95 2 $25.90
Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy (Great Episodes) • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois • Amazon Business $14.46 1 $14.46
The Secret Subway • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Story of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden to Your Plate, and How There's More of Less to Eat Around the World • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Wild Robot • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Beyond the Bright Sea • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Brown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Sweet Home Alaska • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Pax • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
The Bitter Side of Sweet • Amazon Business $11.41 1 $11.41
A Different Pond • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land (Carolrhoda Picture Books) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $10.71 1 $10.71
Wolf Hollow • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Anna and the Swallow Man • Amazon Business $10.03 1 $10.03
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Hello, Universe • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Gertie's Leap to Greatness • Amazon Business $9.03 1 $9.03
The Land of Forgotten Girls • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
American Ace • Amazon Business $8.33 1 $8.33
Maybe a Fox • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19

Materials cost

$441.33

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.62

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$477.95

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$84.34

Total project goal

$562.29

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$562.29

6 Donors

-$562.29

Donations toward project cost

-$477.95

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$84.34

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Sorrento","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[4511441],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"FL","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3355813,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/reading-like-a-boss-providing-complex-t/3355813/","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":75,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Koopmans","authorIds":{"4511441":{"owner":"Mrs. Koopmans","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3355813],"proposalHash":"-2049508281","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://storage.donorschoose.net/dc_prod/images/teacher/profile/272x272/tp4511441_272x272.jpg?width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1498331745020","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20950695,"photosPublished":false,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":[],"teacherId":4511441,"schoolCounty":"Lake","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"FL","name":"Florida"}}