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Ms. Parker from Cambridge MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Teenage Book Love Project

My students need compelling fiction and nonfiction books to read to jumpstart a love of literacy. These books will hook them while bringing them up to grade level.

  • $1,443 goal

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My Students

By the time my sophomores leave me, I want them to know the power of a book and of reading. The majority of my students do not have positive associations with texts nor have they had the experience of wanting to stop time to finish the perfect book. They deserve these moments; I want to assure that they have them.

My students are often underestimated for being young men, of color, students whose first language is not English, boys, working class, and reluctant.

However, I know these single stories are untrue. Rather, my students are simply waiting for the opportunity to be brilliant. They want to become excellent readers. They want to be scholars. They want to make someone proud. Far too often, though, they don't get a second chance. The majority of my students are in my class (a low-track English class) for various reasons, but I'm quite positive that the same majority could do quite well in upper level classes. They need to become better readers, though. We read daily. I conference with them. They have reading goals of completing 12 books for the semester. They are just starting to realize that they can be great.

My Project

For many years, I've maintained a classroom library of 500 books on average. I donated those books to the last classroom and school I taught in. My current classroom library is quite paltry. Our school library does not have books that interest my students, and they would be the first to declare that. I want to flood my classroom with books that students will read. My students need compelling books to read to jump start a love of literacy. I'm an adolescent literacy teacher-scholar. I know that a combination of texts, conferences, and time to talk about reading helps to build a reading community, and that is what I'm after. I would like to put books as far as the eye can see in my classroom to allow students to know that, yes, reading happens here and, yes, all of these books are ones you can (and must) read!

Everyone deserves the experience of falling in love with a good book.

My students are reading at least four grades below level. As high school students, we do not have time to waste. I need the books to help create a classroom reading space that encourages students to improve their literacy experiences and reading levels as quickly as possible. I have had former students who report that after my classes, they have positive experiences with reading and they continue to read; that's my goal now.

Ms. Parker
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 145 students.

13 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HON Brigade Steel Bookcases 41"H, 3-Shelf, Black • $143.99 2 $287.98
The New York Times Upfront, Grades 9 - 12 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 14 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 9–12 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $9.95 10 $99.50
Choices, Grades 7 - 12 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 8 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 7–12 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $8.99 10 $89.90
Scholastic Action, Grades 6 - 12, Reading Level Grades 3 - 5 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 10 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 6–12, Reading Levels 3–5 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $8.50 10 $85.00
Michael Jordan: The Life • Amazon $30.00 1 $30.00
The Tattoo Chronicles • Amazon $19.99 1 $19.99
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital • Amazon $18.95 1 $18.95
The Complete Persepolis • Amazon $17.45 1 $17.45
Columbine • Amazon $16.00 1 $16.00
Soledad: A Novel • Amazon $15.26 1 $15.26
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge • Amazon $15.26 1 $15.26
Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design • Amazon $15.23 1 $15.23
Decoded • Amazon $15.03 1 $15.03
Summer of the Mariposas • Amazon $14.53 1 $14.53
The Book of Night Women • Amazon $14.16 1 $14.16
My Friend Dahmer • Amazon $14.01 1 $14.01
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx • Amazon $13.81 1 $13.81
Head Off & Split: Poems (National Book Award - Poetry) • Amazon $13.76 1 $13.76
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name - A Biomythography (Crossing Press Feminist Series) • Amazon $13.68 1 $13.68
Brewster: A Novel • Amazon $12.30 1 $12.30
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky • Amazon $12.26 1 $12.26
Men We Reaped: A Memoir • Amazon $11.91 1 $11.91
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) • Amazon $11.69 1 $11.69
The Death of Bees: A Novel • Amazon $11.43 1 $11.43
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) • Amazon $11.38 1 $11.38
Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir • Amazon $11.26 1 $11.26
She's Got Next : A Story of Getting In, Staying Open, and Taking a Shot • Amazon $11.23 1 $11.23
Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City • Amazon $11.17 1 $11.17
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster • Amazon $10.85 1 $10.85
Rule of the Bone: A Novel • Amazon $10.79 1 $10.79
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon $10.74 1 $10.74
All Souls: A Family Story from Southie • Amazon $10.40 1 $10.40
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith • Amazon $10.27 1 $10.27
Zeitoun • Amazon $10.24 1 $10.24
The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir • Amazon $10.12 1 $10.12
An Untamed State • Amazon $10.12 1 $10.12
Americanah • Amazon $10.00 1 $10.00
Bad Feminist: Essays • Amazon $9.99 1 $9.99
I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World • Amazon $9.85 1 $9.85
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration • Amazon $9.60 1 $9.60
Into the Wild • Amazon $9.56 1 $9.56
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail • Amazon $9.48 1 $9.48
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka • Amazon $9.35 1 $9.35
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • Amazon $9.04 1 $9.04
Hole in My Life • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity • Amazon $8.95 1 $8.95
Never Fall Down: A Novel • Amazon $8.80 1 $8.80
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced • Amazon $8.16 1 $8.16
The Lives of Tao • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
WAR • Amazon $6.40 1 $6.40
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon $5.52 1 $5.52
Between Shades of Gray • Amazon $5.17 1 $5.17

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