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Ms. Brist from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Contemporary Non-Fiction for Amazing AP English Students!

My students need contemporary non-fiction books to prepare for the AP exam.

  • $630 goal

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My Students

I work with an amazing group of students at a small public high school in the Bronx. Our school community includes many immigrant families, and many of the students in my AP class speak English as their second language. This language barrier makes the curriculum even more difficult for them than it is for native English speakers, but they are still tackling their college-level work with enthusiasm.

This is the first year my school has offered AP English Language, and I am deeply impressed by the way my students have risen to the challenge of taking this class.

The students who volunteered for AP English are incredibly hard-working. To enroll, they had to agree to take their English Regents exam a year early, and get recommendations from their teachers. They come to school on Saturdays for extra exam prep. Many of them will be the first person in their family to attend college. They are pushing themselves, and I want to do whatever I can to help them succeed.

My Project

The AP English Language exam tests students' ability to interpret and analyze complex works of non-fiction. One of the best ways for students to prepare is to read a variety of non-fiction texts as frequently as possible. To that end, I want to add new nonfiction books to my classroom library so my students will have a multitude of options when they are choosing books to read.

My students need these new non-fiction books to help them prepare for the AP exam.

My school already has a good supply of older books, but I also want to offer students newer books that relate to contemporary social issues. I've chosen these titles because they relate to issues that my students are already interested in - immigration, mass incarceration, and income inequality, among others - and because they are complex enough to help students practice the reading and thinking skills that will lead to success on the exam.

In the spring my students will complete group projects researching the social issues presented in their chosen books. My hope is that these books will help students feel empowered to not only take the AP exam, but also to think of creative solutions for the problems they encounter in their world.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom • Amazon Business $18.28 8 $146.24
Between the World and Me • Amazon Business $17.35 6 $104.10
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town • Amazon Business $12.90 8 $103.20
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America • Amazon Business $9.04 8 $72.32
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness • Amazon Business $12.02 6 $72.12

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