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Mrs. Ballard from Port Orange FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Today's Struggling Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders

My students need a variety of books including non-fiction sets, popular fiction, and engaging but low level novels.

  • $755 goal

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My Students

Students who are placed in Intensive Reading have not passed the state standardized reading assessment and need additional instruction, beyond that of their peers, so they can work towards reading on grade level. This deficit follows them to all subject areas and makes even the subjects that they love more difficult.

In my classroom, I believe that today's struggling readers can be tomorrow's leaders.

One of the biggest problems struggling readers face is that they claim to not like reading. This creates a vicious cycle because the only way they are going to get any better at reading is by actually doing it; however, they must first discover the genre or author who ignites that spark. They need to find that book that they cannot put down. The book that has them laughing out loud and crying. The book that dares them to dream.

My Project

With teaching Intensive Reading, students are required to read twenty minutes a night. To ensure that all students have access to quality and current titles, a well stocked classroom library offering plenty of variety is crucial. Many students do not have access to books at home while others are not able to check books out at the school library due to fines that they cannot pay.

Every student deserves to find a book they love!

That is why I strategically chose the 6th grade collection that includes 10-12 books from multiple book sets including non-fiction, popular titles, classic fiction, as well as engaging titles on lower reading levels. I supplemented that collection with other well loved titles such as "Hoot" and "Walk Two Moons" to round out the collection. Other requested titles include Because of Mr. Terupt, A Wrinkle in Time, Hidden Figures, Wonder, Auggie & Me, I Am Malala, The Maze Runner, One Crazy Summer, and James and the Giant Peach.

Why so many titles? Well, I have around one hundred twenty students so the more titles and books I have to offer, the more students that will be able to read books from the classroom library at one time.

Mrs. Ballard
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Grade 6 Classic Grade Level Library a • AKJ Education $397.97 1 $397.97
Auggie & Me Three Wonder Stories • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
Wonder • AKJ Education $10.69 2 $21.38
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children • AKJ Education $7.55 2 $15.10
Walk Two Moons • AKJ Education $5.93 2 $11.86
Because of Mr. Terupt • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
The City of Ember The First Book of Ember • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Hoot • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
A Wrinkle in Time • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $4.85 2 $9.70
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.98 1 $8.98
The Maze Runner (Book One) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Tuck Everlasting • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Phantom Tollbooth • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
James and the Giant Peach • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Sign of the Beaver • AKJ Education $5.48 1 $5.48
The Indian in the Cupboard • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Love That Dog • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Tiger Rising • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Freak the Mighty • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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