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Ms. Orta from Phoenix AZ is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Black Heroes, Black Authors!

Help me give my students access to literature that features black young adults written by black authors.

  • $718 goal

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My Students

My students are motivated, bright, inquisitive, and have high expectations of themselves and their families. Many of them are among the first to go on to graduate high school, and go on to college.

They come from too many years of working very hard, and not seeing their own stories represented in the curriculum.

My Project

This project was inspired by the need for access to literature for young adults written by black authors. So much of the traditional English canon is centered around white authors. These titles are all written with a Black protagonist.

One way to support anti-racist education is to feature literature with black heroes.

These books will be accessible to all of my students. By making their stories come alive in the classroom, all students have the opportunity to see the contribution that all people make to the American narrative. We are a country of multiple perspectives, and I want to make sure that everyone has a presence in my class library.

Ms. Orta
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Opposite of Always • Amazon Business $11.95 2 $23.90
The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander Engages Students in Writing Workshop (And You Can Too!) A Must-Have Resource for Teaching Writing Workshop in Grades K-12 (Professional Resources) • Amazon Business $18.84 1 $18.84
Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy) • Amazon Business $16.20 1 $16.20
When You Were Everything • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Deathless Divide (Dread Nation) • Amazon Business $15.64 1 $15.64
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $13.93 1 $13.93
A Love Hate Thing • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
The Hate U Give Collector's Edition • Amazon Business $12.96 1 $12.96
Watch Us Rise • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth Duology (1)) • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
The Voice in My Head • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
Who Put This Song On? • Amazon Business $12.57 1 $12.57
Jackpot • Amazon Business $12.26 1 $12.26
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Black Boy White School • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
A Dream So Dark (The Nightmare-Verse (2)) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
This Side of Home • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Let Me Hear a Rhyme • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Odd One Out • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Internment • Amazon Business $10.61 1 $10.61
Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Out of Darkness • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Purple Hibiscus: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager • Amazon Business $9.87 1 $9.87
The Belles • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Kingdom of Souls • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $9.45 1 $9.45
Solo (Blink) • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Monday's Not Coming • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Blade So Black (The Nightmare-Verse) • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
Dread Nation • Amazon Business $8.72 1 $8.72
So Not The Drama: A Del Rio Bay Clique Novel • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
The Silence of Our Friends • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Pride • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Tyler Johnson Was Here • Amazon Business $7.94 1 $7.94
If You Come Softly • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Hush • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Calling My Name • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39

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