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  • $517 goal

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Mr. Bauer
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Teen Readers Need an Eye-Catching Class Library!

My students need a class library of 40+ books that are not only at an appropriate lexile level, but also focused on relevant adolescent subject matters.

My Students

Jumpstart a class library for struggling teen readers in need of motivation and inspiration! Your donation can help my students, who are on the “last leg” of public education, to go out into the world better equipped to handle everyday textual challenges.

My students have been placed in my classroom for one (or more) of three reasons: 1) They are ESOL students, in the U.S.

in refugee visa status; 2) They have been identified for special education services with a documented reading/language deficit; 3) They may not have an IEP, but are still in great need of reading remediation. Our high school is in a small urban district in Virginia, serving an exceptionally diverse student population. As a subset of the population, my students are uniformly impoverished and 95% are from a minority group (primarily African-American). All of my students have shown me, again and again, just how witty and sharp they are, and just how much they have to offer. What is holding them back across the curriculum, however, is their serious struggle with foundational reading and literacy skills. So, I need to get them fully on board and going full-steam ahead. I seek to do so with an excellent class library for choice reading.

My Project

My teen students have long, painful histories of failure when it comes to reading. For a variety of reasons, they have arrived at the final stretch of secondary education without ever acquiring the fundamental reading skills, stamina, and appetite they will need in order to negotiate a world that is truly unforgiving when one does not have adequate literacy skills. I am seeking to gather textual materials for a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate class library for my high school reading remediation classes, through which I can help my students to build a sense of themselves as readers. Once they have had a chance to see themselves as readers, they will be far more prepared to face their cell-phone bill, the DMV, or fiscal and political issues on their local ballots. I am confident that I can get them there by integrating effective choice reading (SSR) activities into my instruction. These books will get the momentum going.

Every student should have the opportunity to forge a concept of herself or himself as someone who reads, someone who can approach the world with confidence and a critical eye.

This can be sparked, for students who have struggled for so long with the act of reading, with a few great experiences reading texts and stories of their choosing. Please help me build their library to give them a chance to encounter and motivate themselves on the written page, so that their choices can be inspired ones!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Decoded • AKJ Books $27.30 1 $27.30
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 (MM) • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Dope Sick • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Keesha''s House • AKJ Books $7.01 2 $14.02
Snitch • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Street Love • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Street Pharm • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
A Smart Girl''s Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying Tru • AKJ Books $8.96 1 $8.96
Goal!: The Dream Begins Robert Rigby, Random House U. K. Ltd • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
GOAL! II: Living the Dream Robert Rigby • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
Night Hoops • AKJ Books $5.46 2 $10.92
Monster • AKJ Books $7.01 3 $21.03
Sharon Draper - Fav Author • AKJ Books $41.29 1 $41.29
Hunger Games (PB) • AKJ Books $7.01 2 $14.02
16 Isn''t Always Sweet (Kimani Tru Series) Cassandra Carter • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
A Matter of Attitude (Kimani Tru Series) Hayden • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Can''t Stop the Shine (Kimani Tru Series) Joyce E. Davis • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Chasing Romeo (Kimani Tru Series) A. J. Byrd • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Deal With It (Kimani Tru: Indigo Summer Series #4) Monica Mc • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Decision Time (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Dirty Jersey (Kimani Tru Series) Phillip Thomas Duck • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Dirty South (Kimani Tru Series) Phillip Thomas Duck • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Fast Forward (Kimani Tru Series) Celeste O. Norfleet • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
First Semester (Kimani Tru Series) Cecil B. Cross II • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Hallway Diaries: How To Be Down\Double Act\The Summer She Le • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
If I Were Your Boyfriend (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Indigo Summer (Indigo Summer #1) Monica McKayhan • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Jaded (Kimani Tru Series) Monica McKayhan • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Keysha''s Drama (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Lesson Learned (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Losing Romeo • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Myself and I (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Next Semester (Kimani Tru Series) Cecil R. Cross II • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Patterson Heights Felicia Pride • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Pushing Pause (Kimani Tru Series) Celeste O. Norfleet • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
She Said, She Said (Kimani Tru Series) Celeste O. Norfleet, • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Shrink to Fit (Kimani Tru Series) Dona Sarkar • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Spin It Like That (Kimani Tru Series) Chandra Sparks Taylor • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
The Pact (Kimani Tru: Indigo Summer Series #3) Monica McKayh • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
The Pledge (Kimani Tru Series) Chandra Sparks Taylor • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
The Promise (Kimani Tru Series) Chandra Sparks Taylor • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Trouble Follows (Kimani Tru: Indigo Summer Series #2) Monica • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79

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This project will reach 50 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Townsend Press and 3 other donors.

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