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Ms. Johnson from Chicago IL is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Connecting With Our Text!

Help me give my students range to expand their comprehension of readings that will help them better understand themselves and the communities in which they live.

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

I teach eighth-grade low-income students that are looking for new avenues for learning. My students are eager to challenge their minds and their thinking on topics that interest them most. Often times they engage in academic activities due to compliance sake, however, my students often voice their interest in engaging activities they can directly relate with. This is the reason I am looking to incorporate resources that will further expose them to in-the-now situations they can directly connect with.

My students have a hard time building educational resources of their own in their homes due to lack of financial stability.

Their only source to rich learning resources is our classroom which can sometimes be pretty limited. On one occasion I had an eighth-grade student bring in a garbage bag full of books he had gradually taken from our classroom library over the school year. Although impressed, I felt a bit heart-broken that he had not had the rich text to be able to keep in his household.

I believe the sky is the limit for my children as long as they are provided the necessary resources to push them forward!

My Project

My students have adapted a crave for reading text they can connect with. They have so many different interests outside of the classroom that I am looking for ways to connect them with our work. The books that I have chosen such as Calling My Name and Shoot Your Shot would provide my students with the opportunities to tap into their interest and make connections with their learning within the classroom.

I have finally gotten my students to have a love for reading and now we are in need of the resources to keep them motivated.

Often times our children have a hard time making connections with the text, which in turn, makes it difficult for them to fully grasp the understanding of reading strategies. If they are too busy trying to make connections from their non-existent background knowledge with the text, they loose necessary energy needed to actually understand what they are reading.

The books that I was able to gather in the past my students were not able to keep their hands off. That is why I am looking forward to having the ability to receive these awesome books to keep the ball rolling, and to keep my students motivated to read.

Ms. Johnson
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Training School for Negro Girls • Amazon Business $13.39 2 $26.78
Salvage the Bones: A Novel • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Fresh Ink: An Anthology • Amazon Business $7.81 3 $23.43
Genesis Begins Again • Amazon Business $11.59 2 $23.18
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America • Amazon Business $11.54 2 $23.08
A Good Kind of Trouble • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Men We Reaped: A Memoir • Amazon Business $10.73 2 $21.46
A Lucky Man: Stories • Amazon Business $10.29 2 $20.58
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race • Amazon Business $9.79 2 $19.58
Heads of the Colored People: Stories • Amazon Business $9.79 2 $19.58
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong (1)) • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Naruto, Vol. 50: Water Prison Death Match • Amazon Business $8.69 2 $17.38
Naruto, Vol. 51: Sasuke vs. Danzo! • Amazon Business $8.36 2 $16.72
Naruto, Vol. 52: Cell Seven Reunion • Amazon Business $8.36 2 $16.72
Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To Living Your Best Life • Amazon Business $14.66 1 $14.66
Janae #2 (Blacktop) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
What Momma Left Me • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Justin #1 (Blacktop) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $6.89 2 $13.78
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.79 2 $13.58
Calling My Name • Amazon Business $6.39 2 $12.78
Clean Getaway • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $5.79 2 $11.58
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $5.79 2 $11.58
Tight • Amazon Business $5.29 2 $10.58
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $4.79 2 $9.58
Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Basketball • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • 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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