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Ms. Baker from Clover SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Diverse Library: Building Critical Thinkers

My students need diverse fictional works that will help them build empathy and join the current, meaningful conversations of our society.

  • $389 goal

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My Students

My students are 10th and 11th graders in a rural high school. They have spent the last two years gaining a strong foundation for analyzing literature and informational texts.

This year, my students have the opportunity to go further with their learning; they become critical thinkers and learn how to question information.

My students see the importance of analyzing information from what they see on social media and in the news; they just need the chance to learn how to dissect, analyze, and draw conclusions from that information.

My Project

My goal is to provide the opportunity and resources for students to engage in critical thinking, see various perspectives, and build empathy. This project aims to diversify my classroom library. These novels would also provide the opportunity for my students to assess those perspectives while engaging reluctant readers.

For students to successfully navigate our modern society, they need the skills to engage in meaningful conversations about controversial and sensitive topics.

Our young teens need to be leading these conversations in preparation for their responsibilities as active citizens. Research has shown that reading fiction can help readers learn to empathize with others. I am to add books to our current classroom library that will create an opportunity for my students to become critical thinkers and participate in these conversations through exposure to diverse storylines and characters.

My students will engage in these meaningful conversations starting in the classroom. Through reader's cafe days and discussion within the context of our course content, my students will begin to have these conversations in an environment that invites them to hear other's perspectives and analyze those perspectives.

Ms. Baker
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) • Amazon Business $28.08 1 $28.08
The Hazel Wood: A Novel • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Love, Hate and Other Filters • Amazon Business $12.70 1 $12.70
Far from the Tree • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
We Are Okay • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Words on Bathroom Walls • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Between the World and Me • Amazon Business $12.33 1 $12.33
The Librarian of Auschwitz • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
This Is Where It Ends • Amazon Business $10.38 1 $10.38
Optimists Die First • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Great American Whatever • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
Warcross • Amazon Business $8.63 1 $8.63
Goodbye Days • Amazon Business $8.60 1 $8.60
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Challenger Deep • Amazon Business $6.44 1 $6.44
Off the Rim (Fred Bowen Sports Story Series) • Amazon Business $5.56 1 $5.56
The Smell of Other People's Houses • Amazon Business $5.32 1 $5.32
The Impossible Knife of Memory • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00

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