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Ms. Ketterl from Danbury CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Art of Writing and Illustration

Help me give my students graphic novels that blend the art of writing with the art of illustration.

  • $228 goal

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My Students

Our school is part of District Reference Group “H” which is the second lowest socioeconomic level a school can be placed in.

As an eighth grade ELA teacher, I have witnessed the great needs of my students.

A high percentage of the students who attend my school receive free and reduced-price lunch and struggle to have other basic needs met as well. These circumstances can make it very difficult for some families to afford basic school supplies.

Many of my students are also English Language Learners (ELLs) and need extra support when reading grade-level materials. The activities that we complete, both in and out of the classroom, are greatly restricted by the socioeconomic makeup of our student body and the lack of funding for resources, especially when it comes to technology.

The students in our school come from very diverse backgrounds and cultures and often do not have the support available at home that allows them to succeed at higher levels. Many students are struggling to learn the language while trying to complete their eighth-grade work. The students themselves are very willing to work in school and take the opportunity to utilize the limited resources that are available.

My Project

Although some people see graphic novels as “easy reading,” there is a lot more to them than meets the eye. Graphic novels tell stories very differently compared to prose novels. Readers must be able to not only understand the text, but be able to make inferences about what is happening in the illustrations as well.

My students love having the opportunity to read graphic novels because of the blending of writing and artwork.

The vivid (or sometimes lack of) colors and style of the art keeps students engaged in the story they are reading. The graphic novels requested in this project will grab my students’ attention right from the beginning and spark an interest in the connection between visual art and storytelling.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $15.90 3 $47.70
Super Indian Volume One • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Super Indian Volume Two • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
The Tea Dragon Society • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
The Adventures of Superhero Girl (Expanded Edition) • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Crush (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Aquicorn Cove • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Short & Skinny • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Making Friends • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09

Materials cost

$161.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.42

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$193.42

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$34.13

Total project goal

$227.55

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$227.55

1 Donor

-$113.77

Donations toward project cost

-$96.71

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.06

match offer

-$113.78

Match offer toward project cost

-$96.71

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.07

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$0.00

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