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Mr. Gawin from Kansas City MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Change AgentsThrough Critical Literacy

My students need 210 books for a Social Studies unit that will span the entire school year. This will allow for a 1 to 1 student to book ratio, and improve literacy.

  • $1,402 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

4th Grade students in my school are passionate readers and writers. To build on this passion they need access to high quality content. I just met one of my students yesterday for the first time and he got so excited when I said we would be studying history this year. Don't let this young man down.

My school is an urban K-12 charter school that prepares students for college.

Grade level teams across the board collaborate to build classroom communities that function on critical thinking and mutual respect. The students and their families make this incredibly challenging job seem easy with their unequivocal passion for success. Many of the students in my school qualify for free or reduced lunch or have experienced harshly traumatic events as early as age 5. Despite this reality, they don't make excuses and do not want anyone to feel pity for them. They just want access to the same high quality education that any one would. Our school does an outstanding job of teaching children HOW to read. The challenge in 4th grade is getting them to comprehend and critically think. By donating you are putting our students in prime position to develop these skills. They love to debate and have deep discussions.

My Project

These books support a unit from the Expeditionary Learning curriculum: "Students will learn about what life was like in Colonial America. They go on to study the many roles people played in a colonial settlement and how necessary their interdependence was for survival. Students select one role to explore more deeply through various forms of nonfiction texts. With an emphasis on making inferences, summarizing informational text, basic research (note-taking and pulling together information from a variety of texts), this module will foster students’ abilities to synthesize information from multiple sources and integrate research into their writing. At the end of the module, students participate in several critique experiences during the revision process as they write a research-based narrative that vividly describes an event in a colonist’s life." (Expeditionary Learning, 2015)

Donations will improve not just my classroom but all 102 4th grade students at my school.

Your donation will do more than to help develop good readers and writers; it will help a group of children learn the importance of community roles and interdependence. This is a project that will teach the whole child.

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Mr. Gawin
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 102 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Scoop on Clothes, Homes, and Daily Life in Colonial Amer • AKJ Books $5.80 105 $609.00
If You Lived in Colonial Times • AKJ Books $5.10 105 $535.50

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