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Mr. Cantu from Compton CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books That Change Lives

My students need access to diverse literature and nonfiction texts; however, books are a luxury afforded to those with expendable money. Providing students with access to transformational texts like Gray's Anatomy is an act of justice!

  • $1,105 goal

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My Students

I work in an environment that is commonly described as “urban” or “underserved;” however, the students I work with are more than capable, and will continue to thrive and prosper. Resilient scholars who aspire to earn college credits as they earn their high school dimploma, these dual-enrolled students are taking classes at the local community college, being exposed to college curriculum beginning at the age of fourteen!

In our English Classroom, students are expected to read and write, speak and listen, every day.

The students I work with matriculated from many different middle schools in the district with one intention: to earn enough college units to graduate with an Associate’s Degree. As a result, they will be able to apply as transfer students to four-year universities and colleges. It is important to note that our school is only three years old, so our first batch of seniors will begin their last year of high school in August of 2018.

My students are diverse. While some can read at college levels, others are on grade level, or a bit lower; where one can write a well-developed first draft, another needs more revision. Regardless, they are all aspiring for greatness.

My Project

Everyone loves to read naturally, but for some it is a matter of finding the right book. According to Nancy Atwell, a foundational author on teaching writing and reading, students need access to different types of texts that speak to them. As a result, I have hand selected dozens of texts for our classroom library that can inspire my students. In committing to invest in my classroom, rest assured that these books will be well-taken care of and absolutely loved by my students.

These are students who aspire to be doctors and lawyers, computer scientists and detectives, teachers and community activitsts.

As a result, I aspire to provide their minds with the fodder that will nurture their growing intellects.

Some books provide easier-to-understand introductions to higher level concepts like logic and philosophy in a graphic novel format. Other books can spark a love for reading, or an obsessive curiosity to learn the entire human anatomy by studying Medical School, or Law School materials. These are the kinds of books that will change my student's lives. Thank you for your consideration!

Mr. Cantu
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 265 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice, 41e • Amazon Business $175.01 1 $175.01
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $52.16 1 $52.16
The Walking Dead: Compendium One • Amazon Business $34.66 1 $34.66
The Walking Dead: Compendium Two • Amazon Business $34.40 1 $34.40
The Complete Human Body, 2nd Edition: The Definitive Visual Guide • Amazon Business $34.00 1 $34.00
The Walking Dead: Compendium Three • Amazon Business $33.25 1 $33.25
Divergent Series Four-Book Paperback Box Set: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four • Amazon Business $29.36 1 $29.36
Uglies: Uglies; Pretties; Specials; Extras • Amazon Business $28.49 1 $28.49
The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition • Amazon Business $21.87 1 $21.87
Knowledge Encyclopedia • Amazon Business $20.61 1 $20.61
Blankets • Amazon Business $20.36 1 $20.36
Seconds: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $19.71 1 $19.71
The 48 Laws of Power • Amazon Business $19.00 1 $19.00
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo • Amazon Business $18.45 1 $18.45
Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law, Fourth Edition • Amazon Business $17.02 1 $17.02
The Complete Persepolis • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Queer: A Graphic History • Amazon Business $13.68 1 $13.68
The Complete Maus • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (For Young People Series) • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Fresh Complaint: Stories • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
The Presidents Visual Encyclopedia • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf States • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Introducing Romanticism: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Wretched of the Earth • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Introducing Artificial Intelligence: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
Introducing Derrida: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
Introducing Ethics: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
Introducing Economics: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
Introducing Time: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.27 1 $9.27
Introducing Capitalism: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.26 1 $9.26
The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Introducing Feminism: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Introducing Nietzsche: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
Introducing Aesthetics: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.05 1 $9.05
Introducing Logic: A Graphic Guide • Amazon Business $9.04 1 $9.04
Milk and Honey • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide to Science's Most Puzzling Discovery • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
King Lear • Amazon Business $7.27 1 $7.27
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Siddhartha • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39

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