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Ms. Bronte from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bring Culture to My Classroom Through a Novel

My students need 140 copies of the novel, When My Name Was Keoko.

  • $965 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Our school is vibrant and diverse with very energetic, motivated young students. In my sixth grade English classroom, students are working hard to develop their reading and writing skills on a daily basis.

Each student brings with them a wide array of life experiences.

Due to the heavy violence in our community, students have learned to be resilient, yet they still maintain their youthful wonder and excitement. My students come to school every day motivated and ready to learn.

My Project

I would like to teach the novel, When My Name Was Keoko, to my students as the last unit of the school year. Students have been practicing their essay writing skills this year, and this unit will be the benchmark for how students writing skills have improved over the course of the year. The novel is very moving and powerful. It focuses on two siblings who live in Korea during Japan's occupation and the struggles they go through to hold on to their culture. I chose this novel because it describes a piece of history our students know very little about. Also, students can really relate to how important culture is to their way of life and what it would feel like for it to get taken away.

It is very important that my students in East Oakland are exposed to all kinds of literature.

The novel, When My Name Was Keoko, is both rigorous and powerful and I think my students will benefit from reading it. They will learn about an important piece of history and also be able to make connections to their own lives through writing.

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

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When My Name Was Keoko • AKJ Books $5.10 140 $714.00

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