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Mrs. Civi from Durham NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Community in Diversity

My students need small sets of novels that reflect the experiences of teenagers from a diversity of backgrounds.

  • $447 goal

This project expired on February 28, 2018.

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My Students

Students from a diversity of backgrounds, academic levels, and personalities make up our classrooms. Hear the students speak about themselves in a poem they composed together called, "Where I am From" in which each student contributed a line. Here are a few poignant lines:

"I am from Oodles of Noodles and hot sauce on everything,

From realizing watermelon seeds don't grow in your stomach

I am from worn wooden floors (warm and creaking beneath my feet)

From "Calmate O te calmo" and "leave your little brother alone"

I am from my grandmother who crossed the border

From the moment I saw my dad after too many years

I am from Cantu pomade and a zebra print bathroom

From Sharrod and Shamar

From Antonio and Ximena

From William and Meredith

I am from Nigeria, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica,

and from right here

From picking up a violin

I am from the perogies that fill the kitchen with a comforting smell

And pupusas made just the way I like them

I am from the moment that first tomato grew, and I ate it off the vine..."

My Project

Each of the novels has been selected because the protagonist is a student who examines their own identity in relation to the community in which they live. My own students will use these novels as a part of a study on diversity in their own community. Students will reflect upon how their own distinct experiences strengthen their community.

I want students to read about experiences beyond their own and to question their own identities and roles they play in their community.

Far too often students are reading about protagonists far removed from their own lives. I want to create a space through these novels to ask tough questions about identity, prejudice, stereotypes, and self-acceptance.

Mrs. Civi
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $11.19 6 $67.14
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.79 6 $64.74
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $9.86 6 $59.16
The House on Mango Street • Amazon Business $8.75 6 $52.50
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time • Amazon Business $7.96 6 $47.76
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $4.74 6 $28.44

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