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

Classroom Books - Learning to Love Reading

My students need books for our classroom library - both literature that meets students interests, life experiences, and literacy levels, as well as nonfiction about U.S. History (most of our current nonfiction texts are 20+years old).

  • $758 goal

This project expired on October 13, 2018.

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My Students

Our school serves students in grades K-8 in Oakland and provides rigorous academics, quality teachers and a safe and supportive learning environment. Our students and their families live in the middle of East Oakland, where high rates of poverty, gun violence, and drug use mean that our students face a multitude of obstacles on a daily basis in their pursuit of education.

Despite the challenges that many of our students face, they are incredibly motivated to succeed, and our school is one of the highest performing middle schools in East Oakland.

Many of our students come from Spanish speaking families, and over 30 percent are English Language Learners, which gives them a unique bilingual and multicultural perspective on their own education. Our goal is to prepare our students with skills necessary for success in high school and college.

The 8th grade Humanities classroom is a space for students to grow and clarify their voices. They need to cultivate a love of reading, build literacy, and grow their critical thinking and analysis skills.

My Project

These materials will be used for students to read! The existing 8th grade library is extremely scant, with books (many of them damaged) quite distant from students' interests and experiences.

Cultivating a lifelong love of reading in a 8th grade classroom is vital to the futures of our our students, as they will be moving to high schools in a year, and without significant growth in their reading levels, they are in danger of slipping further behind.

Around 60 percent of our students currently read multiple grades below grade level - but good books can change that. Many of our language learners (~30 percent of our kids) are hoping to be reclassified as English Proficient before the end of 8th grade, so that they can take electives in high school, and are no longer tracked throughout their school careers.

We need books, books and more BOOKS! Our titles include The Crossover, Dear Martin, The Hate U Give, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City and many, many more. We will use these books for students to read independently, for students to form small group literature circles, for student presented book reviews, and for close reading of certain history texts as a class. These new books - poetry, graphic novels, classics, realistic fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, drama - will dramatically help our students LOVE reading!

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

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This project will reach 63 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
We Shall Overcome With 2 Audio CDs: The History of the Civil Rights Movement as It Happened • Amazon Business $32.88 1 $32.88
Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) • Amazon Business $26.00 1 $26.00
An African American and Latinx History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) • Amazon Business $19.00 1 $19.00
Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History (Graphic History Series) • Amazon Business $16.94 1 $16.94
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City • Amazon Business $16.20 1 $16.20
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent • Amazon Business $15.90 1 $15.90
Baddawi • Amazon Business $15.81 1 $15.81
The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.51 1 $14.51
Akata Warrior • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America • Amazon Business $12.33 1 $12.33
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
For Every One • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave & Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Modern Library Classics) • Amazon Business $11.71 1 $11.71
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 3 • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Falling Up • Amazon Business $11.34 1 $11.34
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 2 • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The Radius of Us: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Solo (Blink) • Amazon Business $10.47 1 $10.47
Binti: The Night Masquerade • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Binti: Home • Amazon Business $10.18 1 $10.18
The Go-Between • Amazon Business $10.01 1 $10.01
Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Akata Witch • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Fahrenheit 451 • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Zeitoun • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
The Outsiders • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
The Education of Margot Sanchez • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Bad Boy: A Memoir • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
X: A Biography of Malcolm X (American Graphic) • Amazon Business $7.43 1 $7.43
Binti • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
1984 (Signet Classics) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Esperanza Rising (McDougal Littell Library) • Amazon Business $5.19 1 $5.19
House Arrest • Amazon Business $3.40 1 $3.40

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