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  • Orchard Heights Elementary School
  • Port Orchard, WA
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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Engaging picture books capture the attention of readers of all levels. I am currently building a gorgeous picture book library that I display in our class "living room", with a different theme highlighted each month, inspired by national remembrances and beyond. When students enter my classroom, they pick books from this library to read in the living room for the first 20 minutes of school. The books I am requesting will be the start of my black history month collection. Collections that celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world, Americans with disabilities, Latinos/Latinas and more will be making their way to DonorsChoose.org soon! Especially for my students in poverty, books may be the only way they learn about the people and events in black history that so often go untold. My goal is to turn my classroom into a metaphorical sea of books my students swim in every day, exposing them to the world outside their front doors. It is crucial to me that this sea is filled with books celebrating black history. Increasingly, reading instruction is focused narrowly on building fluency and teaching comprehension skills. What is lost is access to rich literature that build students' knowledge about the world outside their own daily experience. This lack of background knowledge hinders comprehension of complex texts and contributes to difficulty understanding perspectives that differ from those held by their immediate community. I am excited about the ways these books will help build background knowledge about black history that my students will carry with them through the rest of their lives.

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Engaging picture books capture the attention of readers of all levels. I am currently building a gorgeous picture book library that I display in our class "living room", with a different theme highlighted each month, inspired by national remembrances and beyond. When students enter my classroom, they pick books from this library to read in the living room for the first 20 minutes of school. The books I am requesting will be the start of my black history month collection. Collections that celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world, Americans with disabilities, Latinos/Latinas and more will be making their way to DonorsChoose.org soon! Especially for my students in poverty, books may be the only way they learn about the people and events in black history that so often go untold. My goal is to turn my classroom into a metaphorical sea of books my students swim in every day, exposing them to the world outside their front doors. It is crucial to me that this sea is filled with books celebrating black history. Increasingly, reading instruction is focused narrowly on building fluency and teaching comprehension skills. What is lost is access to rich literature that build students' knowledge about the world outside their own daily experience. This lack of background knowledge hinders comprehension of complex texts and contributes to difficulty understanding perspectives that differ from those held by their immediate community. I am excited about the ways these books will help build background knowledge about black history that my students will carry with them through the rest of their lives.

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