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

Young Adult Literature That Connects to At-Risk Teens

Help me give my students the chance to read books that reflect both the joys and the hardships of growing up with an absent parent, anxiety and depression, poverty and ways to make safe choices for their lives.

  • $592 goal

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My Students

I work with struggling readers in grades 9-12. They include students who have learning disabilities, ESOL (English speakers of another language), and students who face testing anxiety. What makes them so special is that despite the challenges they face, they show up day after day ready to keep trying to reach their goal: graduation.

Many of my students have been in and out of reading classes since elementary school.

Observing them engage in excellent books and subsequently learning how to analyze literature through discussion, writing and special projects is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

Personal challenges that many of my students face include poverty, an absent parent, living in foster care, incarcerated loved ones, and the loss of family due to violence and/or addiction. Bibliotherapy is an avenue in which kids can find connection to their own lives via high-interest, accessible books.

My Project

Bibliotherapy is a way in which young adult readers connect to the realities of some of their own lives: how to cope with grief, addiction, absent parents, incarcerated loved ones, abuse and the increasing number of them suffering from mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. I have been teaching at-risk young adults for the past 25 years, and they are the most rewarding people to teach.

Many of my students have been in reading classes since elementary school.

The love of reading is absent in their lives, which effects their overall academic performance and puts them at risk to not graduate from high school.

Poetry, graphic novels, high-interest nonfiction and fiction texts added to my classroom library gives more young adults the chance to become readers. Active readers are critical thinkers who learn to question effectively, be independent thinkers and increase their test scores and overall academic performance.

Young adult literature not only allows teens to find their own stories within books but also offers ways for them to change their own stories. Many of my students have learning disabilities, speak English as their second language and have struggled academically for many years. Your donation will positively effect so many young lives!

Mrs. Gonzalez
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 2 $25.18
Light Filters In: Poems • Amazon Business $9.53 2 $19.06
Bang • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Giver (Graphic Novel) (1) (Giver Quartet) • Amazon Business $15.68 1 $15.68
Pillow Thoughts III: Mending the Mind • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Let Me Hear a Rhyme • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Poems of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence, and Everything Else (A Poetry Speaks Experience) • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
Internment • Amazon Business $13.75 1 $13.75
Her Favorite Color Was Yellow • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Mr. 60% • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
Sweet Revenge: Passive-Aggressive Desserts for Your Exes & Enemies • Amazon Business $13.36 1 $13.36
Game Changer • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
Speak: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
A Sloth's Guide to Mindfulness (Mindfulness Books, Spiritual Self-Help Book, Funny Meditation Books) • Amazon Business $12.26 1 $12.26
Sea of Scars • Amazon Business $11.85 1 $11.85
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Animal Zombies!: And Other Bloodsucking Beasts, Creepy Creatures, and Real-Life Monsters • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
She Just Wants to Forget • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Tyler Johnson Was Here • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir • Amazon Business $10.12 1 $10.12
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
She Felt Like Feeling Nothing • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
What I Leave Behind • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Love, Hate and Other Filters • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
Please Don't Go Before I Get Better • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Five Feet Apart • Amazon Business $9.63 1 $9.63
Living Dead Girl • Amazon Business $9.51 1 $9.51
Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
2am Thoughts • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Stolen • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
Pillow Thoughts • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Sun Is Also a Star • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
You Hear Me: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Crush (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88
Things I Have to Tell You: Poems and Writing by Teenage Girls (Betsy Franco Young Adult) • Amazon Business $7.85 1 $7.85
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Ice Cream And Suicide • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
I hope this reaches her in time • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
Dear Midnight • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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