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Ms. Cadigan from Dallas TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Challenging Books for Resilient Readers!

Help me give my students books to explore abstract concepts like truth, justice, prejudice, racism, genocide, and morality so they may better navigate the society in which we live.

  • $570 goal

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My Students

Our school is located in a large urban area and our student population is majority Latino. Most come from challenging neighborhoods and are categorized as low socio-economic status, but all are diligently working towards high school graduation and dreaming of a college degree. Some of my students are immigrants, many are English Language Learners, but all are working toward the best life for themselves and their families. While many teenagers are focused on driver's licenses and weekend dates, my students are concentrating on after-school jobs and scholarships. We recently moved to a vacant middle school in our district after tornadoes ripped apart our building. My students are dealing with this transition with grace, patience, and resolve.

Genius, surprisingly curious, kind, innovative, and thoughtful- these are the words that first come to mind when I begin to describe my students.

Though largely Latino, our population also includes a small group of African American students. Despite all these labels, what we value as a school community is each other - all our differences - all our similarities.

My Project

Among the survey courses offered, I teach two electives: Holocaust Studies and African American Studies. In order to uncover a deeper understanding of these difficult histories, students must explore primary resources.

Night by Elie Wiesel and The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson offer insights from eye-witnesses into the destruction of the lives of two teenage boys.

One survives, the other does not. Both have inspired the world in unique ways.

We will use these books in a variety of ways in each class including student led book circles, socratic seminars, and audiobook incorporated sessions. In these ways, students will have the opportunity to discuss and engage the texts with thoughtful and critical questions. With these texts, students will have the opportunity for powerful reading and engage in learning that will build their moral compasses.

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Ms. Cadigan
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Night (Night) • Amazon Business $9.90 25 $247.50
The Blood of Emmett Till • Amazon Business $7.99 25 $199.75

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