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Ms. K. from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Special Education Classroom Library in South Central

The cost of this proposal is $844, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $844 goal

This project expired on June 3, 2006.

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I teach Special Education English classes at a the high school level in South Central Los Angeles. My class is made up of students who read at an average of 3rd - 5th grade level and all have a learning disability. Once a student is a teenager and cannot read - recovery becomes very challenging, especially when the school only provides class-sets of books above the students' levels or out of their interest, if it provides books at all. My students know that they have difficulty reading and a lot of the time feel that it is pointless to try because they are presented with so many texts that are leagues above their ability. I hope to spark my students' interest and confidence in reading by providing books that are both at their reading level and will spark their interest. With so many different students at different levels, I would love to give my students choice in determining what they read so that they become more invested in the process. The materials I am seeking are a variety of books and reading materials that span across all reading levels, cultural topics, and genres. Every one of my students for this year and the following years will be able to access the books in class, take them home to read, and re-read if they choose! Each semester I have 70 - 80 different students, with two semesters per year. Reading is such a integral skill to every academic subject as well as life in general, that to be able to help these students read would be an immeasurable aid. If they are to succeed and become productive adults, they need the tools that will help them survive, and reading if the most important of those skills.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-5) J. K. Rowling • Barnes and Noble $28.66 1 $28.66
Inside the Crips: Life inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang Colton Simpson • Barnes and Noble $19.96 1 $19.96
Cirque Du Freak Boxed Set #1 Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $19.19 1 $19.19
Star Wars: Jedi Academy Trilogy (Champions of the Force, Dark Apprentice, and Jedi Search) Kevin J. Anderson • Barnes and Noble $16.77 1 $16.77
First Day in Grapes L. King Perez, Robert Casilla (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio Philippe I. Bourgois, Mark Granovetter (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $15.00 1 $15.00
His Dark Materials Boxed Set: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman • Barnes and Noble $13.65 1 $13.65
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Kathleen Krull, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.60 1 $13.60
Through My Eyes Ruby Bridges, Margo Lundell, Margo Lundell (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
My Diary from Here to There / Mi diario de aqu hasta all Amada Irma Perez, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L. A. Luis Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child Francisco Jimenez, Jimenez • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Life of Pi Yann Martel • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
White Is for Magic Laurie Faria Faria Stolarz, Andrew Karre (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Blue Is for Nightmares Laurie Faria Stolarz, Rebecca Zins (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Speaker for the Dead (Ender Series #2) Orson Scott Card, Orson Scott Card (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Xenocide (Ender Series #3) Orson Scott Card • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Ender's Shadow Orson Scott Card • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Tell No One Harlan Coben • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Too Many Tamales Gary Soto, Ed Martinez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Shadow of the Hegemon Orson Scott Card • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Shadow Puppets Orson Scott Card • Barnes and Noble $7.19 3 $21.57
Children of the Mind (Ender Series #4) Orson Scott Card, Scott Orson • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 3 Nobuhiro Watsuki, Nobuhiro Watsuki (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 1 Nobuhiro Watsuki, Nobuhiro Watsuki (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 2: The Two Hitokiri Nobuhiro Watsuki • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Lord of the Flies William Golding, Edmund L. Epstein • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Bad Boy: A Memoir Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Point Blank Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Westing Game Ellen Raskin • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Crank Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Skeleton Key Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio Judith Ortiz Cofer • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Journey of the Sparrows Fran Leeper Buss, Daisy Cubias, With Daisy Cubias • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Monster Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Rosa Parks: My Story Rosa Parks, James Haskins, With Jim Haskins • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Breaking Through Francisco Jimenez, Francisco Jimtnez • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Kimberly Willis Holt • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Chinese Cinderella: True Story of an Unwanted Daughter Adeline Yen Mah • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths Bernard Evslin, William Hofmann (Illustrator), Bernard Evslin (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Christopher Paul Curtis • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Baseball in April and Other Stories Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.40 1 $5.40
Tears of a Tiger Sharon Mills Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Whirligig Paul Fleischman • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Give a Boy a Gun Todd Strasser • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
No More Dead Dogs Gordon Korman • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Forged By Fire Sharon Mills Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Kissing Doorknobs Terry Spencer Hesser, A. J. Allen (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust Livia Bitton-Jackson, Livia Bitton Jackson, Foreword by Livia Bitton-Jackson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Hoops Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Day No Pigs Would Die Robert Newton Peck, Jack Hess (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Before We Were Free Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Esperanza Rising Pam Mu oz Ryan, Pam Munoz Ryan • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Taming the Star Runner S. E. Hinton • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The First Part Last Angela Johnson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Romiette and Julio Sharon Mills Draper, Adam Lowenbein (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Darkness Before Dawn Sharon Mills Draper, Michael Benabib • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
145th Street: Short Stories Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Ender's Game (Ender Series #1) Orson Scott Card • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Companions of the Night Vivian Velde, Vivian Vande Velde, Krista Marino (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt, Betsy Hearne • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Leon's Story Leon Walter Tillage, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Patricia C. McKissack, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95
Seedfolks Paul Fleischman, Judy Pedersen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Scholastic Dictionary of Synonyms, Antonyms and Homonyms Manufactured by Scholastic Reference • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
Walkabout James Vance Marshall • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55

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