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Mrs. Gorzkowski from Berwyn IL is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Build Our Library with Books Kids Can See Themselves In!

Help me give my students an opportunity to read award winning novels written with their individual diversity in mind.

  • $229 goal

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Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

This project is a part of the Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month celebration because it supports a Latino teacher or a school where the majority of students are Latino.

My Students

Teaching in a low-income area with busy parents, my students enter middle school with high expectations. They desire care and concern from adults, whether it be in passing conversations or curriculum and lesson planning.

My students are full of life and wonder, they have personality for days.

They look forward to being challenged and get bored with complacency. Most are hands-on learners who benefit from getting up and moving around the classroom and benefit from intense differentiation.

With around 700 students in my middle school, there are many different styles of learning and interests to accommodate. Sometimes, it's not enough to give them materials because WE think they're good enough. We have to be able to supply them with the best of what they're interested in, to the best of our abilities.

My Project

Our students need characters that are believable and relatable. What better way to expose them to strong literature than to look to the experts that have awarded books high honors. Rudine Simms Bishop's essay written almost thirty years ago references books as mirrors and windows that would allow all children to see themselves and the experiences of others in what they read.

With this selection of books, the students at my school would benefit immensely by seeing characters like themselves reflected in these stories.

They can look to them as hope, as leaders, as examples of what they can overcome.

Mrs. Gorzkowski
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 • Amazon Business $15.40 1 $15.40
This One Summer • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Bone Gap • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Merci Suárez Changes Gears • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Beyond the Bright Sea • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
How I Live Now • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Feed • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Where Things Come Back • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Between Shades of Gray • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Wolf Hollow • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
The Night Diary • Amazon Business $6.42 1 $6.42
El Deafo • Amazon Business $5.29 1 $5.29
The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49

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