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  • $789 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Mr. Coyle
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 17 donors
  • $0 still needed

Stimulating Reluctant Readers

My students need books that interest them. They've chosen inner-city stories like "Always Running" and "Two Badges," as well as scary Stephen King tales, and celeb bios.

My Students

Some of my students have not yet discovered books that capture their imaginations. I asked them to imagine their favorite books. Help me show them the joy and power of reading!

My students are awesome high schoolers, but they don't read much outside of class.

I often hear from them that "reading is boring." In the seven years I've been teaching, I've taken many of those reluctant readers, gotten to know them, and paired them with a book that changes their mind about reading. I'm finding that the books in my class library are either too high level, or not engaging my students. They may do a book report on them, but they struggle and do not enjoy the process. Many of our students can't afford books on their own and may not have a safe way to get to the nearest public library. Our high school is seeing great gains in the number of students applying to four year universities. I want to keep that momentum going and books that students themselves have selected are the engine that will keep it going.

My Project

I surveyed one of my classes to find out which books, authors, and/or topics they might be interested in reading about on their own for a book report project. The books we've requested are all selected by individual students - from the Bieber bio for my girl who reads many grades below grade level, to the Camus novella for my Philosophy Club - and will be read by them, on their own, for a book report project that they will turn in on the learning management system schoology.com. Students will be asked to summarize the book, use sentence frames to explain key scenes, characters, and themes, and relate the book to their own life. Students will have one month to finish the book, then two days in the class to write a rough draft response to their book, then two days in the computer lab to submit the report via schoology.com. They will be making a PowerPoint, a Prezi, or a video report about their book. It's going to be awesome!

A love of reading can change a student's life - and help them in every class.

It can open doors they did not even know existed. A teacher's library is where I first found a book I could not put down. I think it's critical to have a teacher armed with a powerful library to combat illiteracy. By adding books to my classroom library that are selected by students themselves, we will be adding relevance and excitement to the critical task of teaching reading.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stranger • AKJ Books $9.45 8 $75.60
Always Running • AKJ Books $11.68 5 $58.40
Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz Mona Ruiz, Geoff Boucher, • AKJ Books $14.95 3 $44.85
Hip-Hop History Wendy Garofoli • AKJ Books $22.86 1 $22.86
The Zombie Survival Guide • AKJ Books $10.94 2 $21.88
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War • AKJ Books $10.91 2 $21.82
Cristiano Ronaldo • AKJ Books $15.29 1 $15.29
Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales Ray Bradb • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate about Hip-Hop Y • AKJ Books $13.87 1 $13.87
Hip-Hop U.S. History: The New and Innovative Approach to Lea • AKJ Books $13.83 1 $13.83
Mockingjay • AKJ Books $13.49 1 $13.49
Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Ray Bradbury''s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
Latinos in College • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon Tayanna • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
Back in the Day • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
It''s All In The Frijoles • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Their Eyes Were Watching God • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Fast Food Nation-when gone..Use 9780547750330 • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Messi • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Messi • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Food Inc. • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories • AKJ Books $10.22 1 $10.22
Loose Woman • AKJ Books $9.49 1 $9.49
Catching Fire • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Hunger Games (PB) • AKJ Books $8.02 1 $8.02
Zombies vs. Unicorns • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
So Punk Rock • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Night • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Hip-Hop High School Alan Lawrence Sitomer • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Different Seasons Stephen King, Stephen King (Afterword) • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Skeleton Crew • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
The Wedding Nicholas Sparks • AKJ Books $5.84 1 $5.84
Everything''s Eventual • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Night Tales • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Notebook • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
After Tupac and D Foster • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Cool Salsa • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Mouse Rap • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Buried Onions • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Justin Bieber • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tor Classics) • AKJ Books $2.18 1 $2.18
The Waste Land, Prufrock and Other Poems • AKJ Books $1.83 1 $1.83

Materials cost

$578.38

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$52.92

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.68

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$669.98

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$118.23

Total project goal

$788.21

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$788.21

16 Donors

-$680.27

Donations toward project cost

-$584.98

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$95.29

match offer

-$100.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$85.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.94

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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17 donors17 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 145 students.

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