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Mrs. James from Melbourne FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Poetry of Basketball

My students need the book The Crossover to help them read and understand poetry.

  • $379 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come from a variety of backgrounds: low income, middle class, upper middle class, single parent, two parents, involved parents, no parents, etc. Regardless of where they come from, I want to provide my students with whatever they need to be successful each day. Books, technology, games...anything we can get our hands on!

Our sixth graders deserve everything they need to be successful!

Engagement is the key to a successful classroom. I am happy to do anything that I can do to bring in supplies, books, and technology to make our lessons more engaging.

My Project

“Never let anyone lower your goals. Others’ expectations of you are determined by their limitations of life. The sky is your limit, sons. Always shoot for the sun and you will shine.” ― Kwame Alexander, The Crossover.

The Crossover Rules are rules that students can relate to.

Mr. Alexander compares life to basketball throughout the book. Josh is the main character of the book. He and his brother are excellent basketball players with high goals for themselves. My students are currently listening to the book on audible.com. However, they’d benefit greatly from having the text in front of them as they read.

Kwame Alexander makes poems hip again...does anyone say hip anymore?! Poetry is not an easy read for most sixth graders. The Crossover is written in verse from the point of view of Josh, who is 13. My students can relate to him and his twin brother as they make their way through life. Sixth graders’ reading standards include being able to read and comprehend poetry. Having current books, like The Crossover will help them to be able to do just that.

Mrs. James
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 84 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Crossover • Amazon Business $11.51 25 $287.75

Materials cost

$287.75

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.32

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$322.07

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$56.84

Total project goal

$378.91

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$378.91

1 Donor

-$378.91

Donations toward project cost

-$322.07

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$56.84

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$0.00

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