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Ms. L.
Grades 6-8
  • Roots International Academy
  • Oakland, CA
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 8 donors
  • $0 still needed

Roots 100!

My students need engaging and culturally relevant books at their reading level to support our school's 100 Million Word campaign!

My Students

"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light." ~Vera Nazarian

In 2016, our school is coming together towards one collective goal, to read 100 million words by June.

Each of my 8th graders is contributing to this campaign with a word goal to build literacy into their lives and daily learning. However, many are still struggling to find books that capture their interest and imagination. With only 30% of my 8th graders reading and writing at grade-level, I am committed to providing my students with the resources they need to develop their literacy levels. Currently, my students' reading levels range from 300 (multiple years below grade-level) to 1100 (above grade-level) based on a computer-adaptive reading comprehension test that assesses student reading levels and growth. To support each of them individually, I need a classroom library with books that are at their level and engaging.

My Project

Each day, I hold 30 minutes of independent reading with my advisory students to increase their reading levels and meet our Roots 100 goal. While reading is important to all of us, it is difficult for many of my students to find high-interest books at their lexile level in my classroom library. After having mini-conferences with each of my students, I found out more about book themes and authors they are interested, and I began compiling a list of books I wanted for my library. I also added some of my own middle-school favorites and a few culturally-relevant books (e.g African-American history, Spanish/Hispanic heritage). With a revamped library, I hope to encourage my students to read books they enjoy as they work towards their word goals.

Literacy is the foundation of all learning, and as a math teacher, I want to ensure my students are able to apply their problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom.

To do that, I am committed to making sure the 70% of my students reading below grade level are developing their reading and writing skills each day. I hope that filling my library with books that capture their imagination and interest will help us get one step closer to that goal.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Complete Wreck (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13) • Amazon Business $97.06 1 $97.06
The Shadow Children, the Complete Series: Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors; Among the Betrayed; Among the Barons; Among the Brave; Among the Enemy; Among the Free • Amazon Business $36.64 1 $36.64
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books 1-4 Revised • Amazon Business $34.14 1 $34.14
A House of My Own: Stories from My Life • Amazon Business $17.23 1 $17.23
Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
Between the World and Me • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
Dont Call Me Ishmael Michael Gerard Bauer • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Defying the Diva D. Anne Love • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Before We Were Free (Platinum Readers Circle (Center Point)) • Amazon Business $12.86 1 $12.86
Sag Harbor • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Brians Winter (Brians Saga Series #3) Gary Paulsen • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Letter to My Daughter • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
Maximum Ride: The Manga Volume 1 • AKJ Books $9.49 1 $9.49
Maximum Ride Manga, Volume 3 James Patterson • AKJ Books $9.49 1 $9.49
Maximum Ride: The Manga Volume 2 • AKJ Books $9.49 1 $9.49
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
The Dreamer • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
To Kill a Mockingbird • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
Flyy Girl • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Hobbit • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Maximum Ride: The Fugitives #2: School''s Out Forever • AKJ Books $7.30 1 $7.30
Maximum Ride: The Fugitives #3: Saving The World And Other Extreme Sports • AKJ Books $7.30 1 $7.30
Maximum Ride: The Fugitives #1: The Angel Experiment • AKJ Books $7.30 1 $7.30
Maximum Ride: The Protectors #2: Max • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Absolutely Normal Chaos (Walk Two Moons) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Wanderer • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Victory • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
All the Broken Pieces • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
We Should All Be Feminists • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Walk Two Moons • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
The Final Warning • AKJ Books $5.84 1 $5.84
Maximum Ride • AKJ Books $5.84 1 $5.84
The Black Pearl Scott O''Dell • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O''Dell, Lois Lowry (Introd • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Max • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Julie of the Wolves • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Walkabout • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64

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