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Ms. McKenna from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

They're Reading Me Out Of House and Home!

My students need 60+ new Independent Reading books to read, and they need some old favorites replaced, because they have been read to pieces.

  • $768 goal

This project expired on April 28, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We require that the students read every day, and the only way that works is to keep an in-class library well stocked with books they find interesting.

My students this year are the best, brightest, and most cooperative group of kids I've had to work with in eight years of teaching.

We're zooming through the curriculum and they've already zoomed through my little library. Annually, New York City gives letter grades to the schools and we've just received our third "A." This has created a buzz in the neighborhood, so brighter more able students have been applying and putting our school as their first choice. I want to make sure we live up to our "PR" and challenge these students in every way. My students carry their IR books home and back in their backpacks each day, causing wear and tear. Five nights per week, part of the homework is to read 20 pages. I am happy to report that the math and science teachers in my school tell me that as soon as my students finish their work in class, they slip their IR books out to read for a few minutes while waiting for the other students to finish their lessons. They are great kids.

My Project

The students read their books, and then write Literary Letters to each other about what they read in the last reading time. I keep an "I want that one next!" list on the bulletin board because they are in effect giving mini book reviews to each other. When they finish a book there is an Annotated Bibliography sheet to fill out, so that each student has an annotated bibliography at the end of the year. This is useful when prepping for the English Regents Exam. They've asked for many of the books I am requesting, like The Hunger Games Trilogy, and The Twilight Series, The Name of the Wind is a book I think my students will love. All the Walter Dean Myers books are old friends in my classroom, and the creepy, scary books are very popular. I have a student who wants to read 1984, and Huxley's Brave New World. Now that's creepy and scary!

The students who have passed through this curriculum in my classroom passed their English Language Arts Regent Exam last spring with a 75% pass rate.

I can't take all the credit for that, but with your help I can keep on doing my part. (This number is lower that the last time we asked for your help, but then they only needed a 55 to pass, now the requirement is that each student must score at least 65% to pass.) We know we are on the right track. Thanks so much for your help in keeping us there

Ms. McKenna
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Darkness Before Dawn Sharon M. Draper • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Dragon's Son (Dragonvarld #2) Margaret Weis • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller Julia DeVillers, Designed by Heather Wood • AKJ BOOKS $13.67 1 $13.67
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5) Jeff Kinney • AKJ BOOKS $7.28 1 $7.28
Everlost Neal Shusterman • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Hell Phone William Sleator • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Frankenstein Mary Shelley, Diane Johnson (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 2 $8.44
Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set Suzanne Collins • AKJ BOOKS $29.99 1 $29.99
The Twilight Saga Complete Collection Stephenie Meyer • AKJ BOOKS $53.90 1 $53.90
The Third Eye Lois Duncan • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive Dave Pelzer • AKJ BOOKS $7.14 1 $7.14
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family Dave Pelzer • AKJ BOOKS $7.29 1 $7.29
Whatever Happened to Janie? (Janie Johnson Series #2) Caroline B. Cooney • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Handbook for Boys Walter Dean Myers, Matthew Bandsuch (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Bad Boy Walter Dean Myers • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
15 Minutes Steve Young • AKJ BOOKS $12.98 1 $12.98
Small Steps Louis Sachar • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Loser Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli (Editor), Joanna Cotler (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
You, Maybe: The Profound Asymmetry of Love in High School Rachel Vail • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride Series #2) James Patterson • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Specials (Uglies Series #3) Scott Westerfeld • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Pieces of Georgia Jen Bryant • AKJ BOOKS $5.55 1 $5.55
Returnable Girl Pamela Lowell • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Torment (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #2) Lauren Kate • AKJ BOOKS $9.99 1 $9.99
Tyrell Coe Booth • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Kendra Coe Booth • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Good Girls Don't Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls and How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It Robyn Silverman • AKJ BOOKS $12.24 1 $12.24
Exposure Patricia Murdoch • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Responsible Darlene Ryan • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Bang! Sharon Flake, Colin Bootman (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Bang Norah McClintock • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
One More Step Sheree Fitch • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Tell Norah McClintock • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Down Norah McClintock • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Back Norah McClintock • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
The Demonata Boxed Set #1 (Demonata Series), Vol. 1 Darren Shan • AKJ BOOKS $21.91 1 $21.91
Brave New World Aldous Huxley • AKJ BOOKS $6.84 1 $6.84
Brave New World Revisited Aldous Huxley • AKJ BOOKS $8.59 1 $8.59
Scarlet Nights (Edilean Series #3) Jude Deveraux • AKJ BOOKS $15.47 1 $15.47
Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead John Skipp, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Robert R. McCammon, Ray Bradbury • AKJ BOOKS $12.95 1 $12.95
Aeon Flux Timothy Green II (Artist), Mike Kennedy, Dan Jackson (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.06 1 $11.06
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali Walter Dean Myers • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Prom Nights from Hell Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Lauren Myracle, Stephenie Meyer • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Hit Squad James Heneghan • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
The Outside Shot Walter Dean Myers • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle Series #2) Libba Bray • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle Series #3) Libba Bray • AKJ BOOKS $7.51 1 $7.51
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles Series #1) Patrick Rothfuss • AKJ BOOKS $8.28 1 $8.28
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle Series #1) Libba Bray • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
If We Kiss Rachel Vail • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Small Wonder Barbara Kingsolver, Paul Mirocha (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.00 1 $10.00
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver • AKJ BOOKS $9.72 1 $9.72
The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 1 $7.21
Animal Dreams Barbara Kingsolver • AKJ BOOKS $10.25 1 $10.25
Pigs in Heaven Barbara Kingsolver • AKJ BOOKS $10.04 1 $10.04
High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never Barbara Kingsolver, Paul Mirocha (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.03 1 $10.03
Lawn Boy Gary Paulsen • AKJ BOOKS $5.55 1 $5.55
Lawn Boy Returns Gary Paulsen • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 1 $8.88
Maybe Brent Runyon • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
The Boy Book E. Lockhart • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas John Boyne • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My to Do List Janette Rallison • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Dread Locks (Dark Fusion Series #1) Neal Shusterman • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition Michael Moynihan, Didrik Soderlind • AKJ BOOKS $13.35 1 $13.35

Materials cost

$608.60

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.13

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$652.73

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$115.19

Total project goal

$767.92

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$767.92

22 Donors

-$750.27

Donations toward project cost

-$652.73

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$97.54

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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