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Mrs. Albohn from Schenectady NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books With Characters Just Like Us

My students need books with characters that represent their lives, wants, needs and desires.

  • $872 goal

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My Students

I teach in a very large urban district in upstate New York. It is the second lowest achieving school in the area and considered a high needs school. Our school has been working hard on raising test scores, changing attitudes about reading and about school in general, and about setting behavioral expectations. Things must be working as we have seen gains in all these areas. This said, however, many of the sixth grade students in our classrooms come from disadvantaged backgrounds and many are struggling readers. It is difficult to get students to read for fun as several of our students have had limited access to books they want to read. I believe that part of this stems from the lack of texts that represent them and their lives. The characters in the books are nothing like them. This project will allow students to connect with the texts in a way they have not yet been able to. High Interest books on a variety of reading levels with characters that represent their lives is a great motivation for them to want to read.

My Project

My students need texts they can relate to, as it has been proven time and time again in studies that motivation to read is a number one indicator of success in school. African American Literature is a hugely overlooked area in literature and something I truly believe will help my students want to read.

I want my students to see themselves in the characters, to want to strive to be like them.

The texts I chose like, Sahara Special and Garvey's Choice, will do just that. My student's will spend time with text, not just reading, but actually enjoying doing so, by exploring themselves in the process.

Mrs. Albohn
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sahara Special • AKJ Education $5.10 30 $153.00
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • AKJ Education $12.40 6 $74.40
Garvey's Choice • AKJ Education $12.37 6 $74.22
Best for Girls - 6-7 (10 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $65.77 1 $65.77
Best for Boys - 6 - 7 (10 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $62.78 1 $62.78
Monster • AKJ Education $8.02 6 $48.12
African American Stories (8 Books) • AKJ Education $47.08 1 $47.08
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.83 6 $34.98
Sugar • AKJ Education $5.83 6 $34.98
The Other Half of My Heart • AKJ Education $5.83 6 $34.98
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond • AKJ Education $5.83 6 $34.98
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success • AKJ Education $5.83 6 $34.98

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