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Mrs. Kaplan from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Rebel Readers: Reading Workshop the Right Way!

My students need 25 books, including novels by Lois Lowry and Laurie Halse Anderson.

  • $259 goal

This project expired on October 30, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember what it was like the moment you first read a book you couldn't put down? Many of my students have not yet experienced that moment, that feeling, that rush that comes from connecting with alternate universes created by magnificent storytellers.

My students attend a high school in New York City.

They are culturally diverse, ethnically diverse, and diverse learners. Many enter reading significantly below grade level while others are exceptionally articulate writers and fluent, passionate readers. My task is to meet the needs of all of my learners who are grouped together heterogeneously - an engaging Reading Workshop that provides all of my students with high-interest "Just Right" books allows me to do that. Time spent with self-selected books is the way we best know how to monitor and teach reading comprehension in a diverse classroom.

My Project

The resources you are providing us with will help to prepare my students for college...and as members of the Early College Initiative, my students will begin their first college course the summer before they begin the 9th grade! An engaging, motivating, dedicated Reading Workshop will provide all of my students with the time and practice needed to develop and mature into passionate, skilled, independent readers - the single most valuable tool they will need if they are to experience success in college. Students will use the books to engage in discourse with me over the coming academic year. They will write a letter-essay to me every three weeks about what they noticed, appreciated, and/or didn't like about a text they have finished. They will keep track of strategies taught in class in their reading journal, participate in book talks with the entire class, develop and monitor their own goals each marking period, and (hopefully!) learn to love reading.

The school initiative is dedicated to helping underrepresented youth become college ready young adults.

My students deserve the chance to better themselves, their families, and their communities.

Mrs. Kaplan
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 80 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
It's Kind of a Funny Story Ned Vizzini, Tk • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Be More Chill Ned Vizzini • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Teen Angst? Naaah...: A Quasi-Autobiography Ned Vizzini • Barnes and Noble $5.55 1 $5.55
Sarah Dessen Gift Set Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $18.43 1 $18.43
Keeping the Moon Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $3.40 1 $3.40
Along for the Ride Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $13.67 1 $13.67
Lock and Key Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Dreamland Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Durable Goods Elizabeth Berg • Barnes and Noble $10.26 1 $10.26
Some of Tim's Stories, Vol. 2 S.E. Hinton • Barnes and Noble $7.56 1 $7.56
That Was Then, This Is Now S. E. Hinton • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Rumble Fish S.E. Hinton • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Tex S.E. Hinton • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Gathering Blue Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $6.41 1 $6.41
Messenger Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $6.41 1 $6.41
Gossamer Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Willoughbys Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
A Summer to Die Lois Lowry, Jenni Oliver (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Invisible Pete Hautman, Pete Hautman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Godless Pete Hautman • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Rash Pete Hautman • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
How to Steal a Car Pete Hautman • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Hole in the Sky Pete Hautman • Barnes and Noble $9.69 1 $9.69
Twisted Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Chains Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97

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