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

Teaching Social Responsibility Through High-interest Books

My students need an engaging collection of 45 young adult books such as "On the Fringe" and "The Color of Absence: 12 Stories about Loss and Hope" to help explore themselves as well as the world around them and their place in it.

  • $482 goal

This project expired on June 9, 2011.

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My Students

Have you ever been changed by a good book? Many of my students have yet to discover the virtues of losing oneself in a good story.

My students attend an all-girls Title 1 public school in New York City.

Our school's focus is on math and science, so many are surprised when they arrive on their first day of 6th grade and find themselves sitting in a literacy class. My course outline is usually met with gasps, groans, snarls, and lots of grumbling. "She wants us to read?", their faces seem to say, "She wants us to write? Is she crazy? We aren't writers!" Despite their initial hesitations, many change their perspective as the year goes on, and I've learned that the key to changing their minds is book selection. Getting to know my students helps me find books that I know will be of interest, and when that door opens, I can begin to get past their fears and insecurities about reading and writing and start helping them get in touch with their inner literacy luminaries!

My Project

My girls are in desperate need of a classroom library that is filled with culturally relevant, high-interest, young adult writing. Having a selection of quality books within reach during our class time will help even the most resistant readers feel comfortable choosing a book off the shelf; essentially giving that book a chance to engage and impress the student. My course teaches reading and writing skills through the lens of social responsibility: a topic that many inner-city students do not have much experience with. These books have been chosen with this topic in mind. These books will give the students the opportunity to explore the many facets of social responsibility through fiction, poetry, short stories, biographies, graphic novels, and other forms of writing. No matter their taste, this classroom library will be sure to pull them into books and give students the chance to know what it feels like to be touched by a book.

Many struggle in my literacy course.

They don't seem to find books that truly inspire them to look deeper into the text, its message, or themselves. Without many resources available at home, many of my students seek access to materials at school. Please help me provide many of my most hesitant readers with books that will genuinely touch them and inspire them to grow and seek the education and comfort that can only come from losing yourself in a good book.

Ms. Needham
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Born Confused Tanuja Desai Hidier • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Lottery Rose Irene Hunt • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 2 $10.24
Forged by Fire Sharon M. Draper • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Money Hungry Sharon Flake, Tk (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
New Kids in Town: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens Janet Bode • AKJ BOOKS $3.84 2 $7.68
The Breadwinner Trilogy Deborah Ellis • AKJ BOOKS $11.59 1 $11.59
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson • AKJ BOOKS $6.84 1 $6.84
Homeless Bird Gloria Whelan • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children Series #1) Margaret Peterson Haddix, Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) Suzanne Collins • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Seedfolks Paul Fleischman, Judy Pedersen (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Sloth Gilbert Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.81 1 $12.81
Identity Crisis Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales (Illustrator), Joss Whedon (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $9.76 1 $9.76
American Born Chinese Gene Luen Yang • AKJ BOOKS $8.36 1 $8.36
Pride of Baghdad Brian K. Vaughan, Todd Klein (Illustrator), Niko Henrichon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.04 1 $10.04
Castle Waiting, Vol. 2 Linda Medley • AKJ BOOKS $19.03 1 $19.03
Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai Tsunetomo Yamamoto, William S. Wilson (Translator), William Scott Wilson (Translator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.37 1 $8.37
Surrender Sonya Hartnett • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Sold Patricia McCormick • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
So B. It Sarah Weeks • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Crooked Tom McNeal, Laura McNeal • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence Paul Feig • AKJ BOOKS $10.62 1 $10.62
The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson Series #1) Caroline B. Cooney, Berridge • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Don't Look Behind You Lois Duncan • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Stuck in Neutral Terry Trueman • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
And Still I Rise Maya Angelou • AKJ BOOKS $12.32 2 $24.64
Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States Lori Carlson, Oscar Hijuelos (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 1 $7.21
Mr. Was Pete Hautman • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Feed M. T. Anderson • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
My Darling, My Hamburger Paul Zindel • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Shattered: Stories of Children and War Jennifer Armstrong • AKJ BOOKS $5.55 1 $5.55
Morning Girl Michael Dorris • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Children of the River Linda Crew • AKJ BOOKS $5.55 1 $5.55
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Julia Alvarez • AKJ BOOKS $10.78 1 $10.78
Skellig David Almond • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Color of My Words Lynn Joseph • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti Frances Temple • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn • AKJ BOOKS $10.00 1 $10.00
A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles (American Girl Library) Patti Kelley Crisswell, Angela Martini (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
It's Our World, Too! Phillip Hoose, Foreword by Pete Seeger • AKJ BOOKS $12.16 1 $12.16
Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees Deborah Ellis • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Making It Home: Real-Life Stories from Children Forced to Flee Beverley Naidoo (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters Barack Obama, Loren Long (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.39 1 $9.39
The Color of Absence: 12 Stories about Loss and Hope James Howe • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
On the Fringe Various, Donald R. Gallo (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97

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