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Mrs. Godin from Providence RI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Change Through Literature

My students need a class set of the graphic novel "Yummy". It's important that my students have a text that is easily accessible to them that depicts the story of urban poverty in America.

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My Students

What can teachers do to encourage students to care more about their learning? This is the question that constantly drives my instruction and my classroom practices as I try to both relate to and educate my students. As they try to navigate their way through adolescence, what novel they will be exposed to in literacy class is far from their concerns. They might often wonder where their next meal is coming from instead; they've got much bigger fish to fry. These are the students I teach every day.

My Project

I teach in a mostly minority school in Providence, Rhode Island, and I worry that someday one of the kids in my classroom might be the next statistic. Including "Yummy" in my repertoire and exposing my students to his story, I'm hoping to bridge the gap between student success in urban communities. Studying the graphic novel as a whole class endeavor will not only help students to understand the importance and significance of a single story, but will also reinforce the knowledge and understanding of literary elements that we will be working so hard on this year.

Along with unmotivated students, I also face the challenge of working with students who are brand new to the country.

Having been displaced from Puerto Rico from the recent hurricanes, these students have been thrown into an environment that they didn't ask for, and most certainly don't deserve. Offering a graphic novel will be beneficial to all of my English Language Learners.

In addition to reading "Yummy" with my 8th graders, incorporating the short fiction novel "Seedfolks" will really allow students to connect with characters in a story. It is so important to include visions and examples of all cultures represented within a classroom, and by way of each character's cultural differences, my melting pot of a classroom is sure to be represented. Typically a "quick read" for most middle school students, spending a bit of extra time with this text will be extremely beneficial for my struggling learners.

Mrs. Godin
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • Amazon Business $11.86 25 $296.50
Seedfolks • Amazon Business $3.56 25 $89.00

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