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Ms. Russo from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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The cost of 1-2 copies of 16 different books from Barnes & Noble, including two copies each of &quot;She&#39;s Come Undone&quot; and &quot;Money Hungry&quot;, and one copy each of &quot;The Time Traveler&#39;s Wife&quot; and &quot;About a Boy&quot;, is $365, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am a Literature teacher at Cross Cultural Environmental Leadership (XCEL) Academy, a high school in San Francisco. Our school has been teaching "at-risk" students in a successful learning environment for 3 years. I believe that it is important to teach students to know their hearts and use their minds well. We prepare them to live productive, socially useful, and personally satisfying lives with an academic program that stresses intellectual development and social involvement in our society. I have developed a strong curriculum that places great importance on learning how to learn, reason, question, and investigate. While in the bookstore looking for independent/ silent/ choice reading books for my students I realized that many of the books we teach are "traditional classics." We've had great success when teaching books like "Their Eyes Were Watching God," "The Bluest Eye" and "The Catcher in the Rye," to the whole class. However, I've noticed that when it comes to kids picking a book on their own, they are often intimidated by these "classics." I'd like to offer my students more choices when it come to independent reading and my classroom library doesn't exactly allow for it. I'd like to build a classroom library that offers students a chance to read books they would see on the front table of an independent bookstore! The "hot picks" I'd like to purchase include: "The Kite Runner" "Money Hungry" "The Coldest Winter Ever" "Running with Scissors" "Lost in the City" "Summer Sisters" "The Davinci Code" "Angels and Demons" "Tuesdays with Morrie" "Like Sisters on the Homefront" "The Time Traveler's Wife" "Message in a Bottle" "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" "She's Come Undone" "One Child" I'm asking for copies of each book so the students can have a reading partner and discuss the books using an "Accountable book talk" method. The journals, reading logs, and booktalks they keep will be used as a document in their language portfolio to show evidence of reading growth and progress. They will also be writing reading reflections where they write about their process. Thanks so much in advance for your support!

Ms. Russo
Grades 9-12
  • XCEL (Cross Cultural Leadership Envi
  • San Francisco, CA
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Running with Scissors: A Memoir Augusten Burroughs • Barnes and Noble $12.60 2 $25.20
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini • Barnes and Noble $12.60 2 $25.20
Lost in the City Edward P. Jones • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson Mitch Albom, Stacy Creamer • Barnes and Noble $11.65 2 $23.30
About a Boy Nick Hornby • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah, Souljah • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Angels and Demons Dan Brown • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Summer Sisters Judy Blume • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #1) Douglas Adams • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
She's Come Undone Wally Lamb • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Message in a Bottle Nicholas Sparks, Nick Sparks • Barnes and Noble $6.75 2 $13.50
One Child Torey L. Hayden • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
Like Sisters on the Homefront Rita Williams-Garcia • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
Money Hungry Sharon G. Flake, Sharon G. Flale • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78

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