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Ms. Cuvalo from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Banned Books? Not in This Classroom!

Help me give my students more text choices in our upcoming censorship unit, specifically my struggling readers.

  • $421 goal

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My Students

I teach an amazing group of students in one of the largest school districts in the country. My students are avid readers & enjoy reading a wide range of genres that explore a variety of subjects. These sharp students are always aware of current events & love to argue their point-of-view when given the opportunity.

My students value using literature as a lens to explore other areas.

We have used literature to examine social justice, broaden our knowledge of historical events, and as windows into different cultures.

My Project

These materials will help me create more reading club options for our censorship unit. Students will read a commonly banned or challenged novel & argue for the inclusion of this book in schools that dismiss these novels. Student arguments are crafted from a culmination of inquiry projects on censorship, an investigation on the rise of Young Adult literature & what constitutes quality YA Lit, and their own personal experience. I have been creating this unit for the past two years & am looking to expand student options.

As the diversity of my students & their needs continue to grow, I need help offering more choices for their reading circles.

Best teaching practice indicates that student choice greatly increases participation, accountability & engagement. Besides, what better way to get a teen to read a book than to make it seem like they are breaking the law?

Ms. Cuvalo
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Coraline Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $13.86 4 $55.44
Long Way Down • AKJ Education $13.86 4 $55.44
The Storm in the Barn • Amazon Business $12.28 4 $49.12
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • AKJ Education $11.19 4 $44.76
Sidekicks • AKJ Education $9.48 4 $37.92
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. • AKJ Education $8.02 4 $32.08
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares • AKJ Education $7.29 4 $29.16
Call Me Hope • Amazon Business $4.63 4 $18.52

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