You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Menu
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

 
See this teacher's page

Mrs. Sarah Archer from Indianapolis IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Empathy and Compassion Through a Poetic Novel Study

My students need a class set of the novel Inside Out and Back Again for our poetry unit.

  • $363 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Currently, I teach fifth grade in a high poverty urban public school.

My classroom population is 100% minority with more than 50% being English language learners.

My students are beyond amazing! They come from a variety of countries that include Nigeria, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Mexico. They work so hard to not only master the necessary fifth grade curriculum but also the English language. Many of them come from single family homes with hardworking families who are struggling to make it.

My Project

The novel Inside Out and Back Again will be used during our fifth grade poetry unit. We will study this book as a whole class using a close reading format. Each day we will focus on a small part of the text. Through multiple reads each day, my students will follow along with the main female character, Ha.

The story begins when Ha is ten and is living in Saigon in 1975, and the story ends with Ha as an eleven-year-old living in Alabama.

With the use of free verse, the students will read a form of poetry that many of them have never had exposure to. They will follow along as Ha's father is away fighting in the war and the mother and children are increasingly vulnerable and impoverished. Each day Ha's family must choose between staying and fleeing.

Multiple themes will be discussed through this whole class novel study including disagreements, loyalty, duty vs. desire, fear of the unknown, empathy for those that experience much worse in life than us, and the overall elements of amazingly written poetry.

This novel will be help my students empathize with the life of refugees and immigrants, a theme as relevant now as it ever was.

Mrs. Sarah Archer
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Sarah Archer is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $7.84 35 $274.40

Materials cost

$274.40

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.12

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$308.52

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$54.44

Total project goal

$362.96

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$362.96

2 Donors

-$343.55

Donations toward project cost

-$308.52

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$35.03

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$19.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Indianapolis","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[1444908],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"IN","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3125139,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/building-empathy-and-compassion-through/3125139/","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":30,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Sarah Archer","authorIds":{"1444908":{"owner":"Mrs. Sarah Archer","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3125139],"proposalHash":"-1767882171","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://storage.donorschoose.net/dc_prod/images/teacher/profile/orig/tp1444908_orig.jpg?crop=1:1,smart&width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1594333427659","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20442148,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NTIzNDM4NQ==","MTQ0NDkwOA=="],"teacherId":1444908,"schoolCounty":"Marion","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"IN","name":"Indiana"}}