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Ms. Gordon from Milwaukee WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Passion for Lifelong Reading and Social Justice

My students need social justice themed literature to engage in authentic reading and conversations about real-world topics.

  • $978 goal

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My Students

Although the student population includes those who identify as Asian and White, intervention students identify as African-American and Hispanic. Approximately six percent of School's students are limited in English proficiency and 17% of the student body receives special education services. The school is known throughout the region as an Advanced Placement school and offers a state-of-the-art labs for engineering and biomedical programs; yet my classroom faces the challenge of limited funding to provide ample resources to accommodate extremely diverse needs. The students enrolled in my classes struggle with comprehensive literacy. They are here to receive intensive instruction in strategies targeted to their individual challenges to make grade level and extended text more accessible.

Beyond improving comprehension, my students need greater access to critical subjects with which to refine their sense of empathy and cultural responsiveness.

While my students are concerned about the world around them, they need guided practice to think more critically think and analyze issues to develop the capacity to solve today's challenges.

My Project

I seek help in acquiring social justice books in order to broaden students' critical thinking and help them develop a truly authentic world-view using a "book club" model for instruction. The highly-relevant and engaging topics are chosen to not only motivate reluctant readers but also inspire them to action at the same time.

The requested titles will encourage self-reflection, better understanding of others, and generate more robust conversation with their book club members (other students); subject-matter that is thought-provoking and highly relevant to the "bigger world" in which they live.

The culminating project, in turn, requires students to propose solutions to issues in our society/community today derived from their book club reading.

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

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fight to Learn • AKJ Education $18.21 5 $91.05
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future • AKJ Education $13.14 5 $65.70
The Boys in the Boat • AKJ Education $13.13 5 $65.65
The Outlaws of Sherwood Street: Giving to the Poor • AKJ Education $12.40 5 $62.00
War Child A Child Soldier's Story • AKJ Education $12.40 5 $62.00
The Kite Runner Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $14.60 4 $58.40
The Queen's Gambit • AKJ Education $11.68 5 $58.40
A Thousand Splendid Suns • AKJ Education $11.68 5 $58.40
Red Rising Book I of the Red Rising Trilogy • AKJ Education $10.95 5 $54.75
Dying to Cross The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History • AKJ Education $9.48 5 $47.40
Thousand Splendid Suns, A - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook) • AKJ Education $34.99 1 $34.99
Mississippi Bridge • AKJ Education $5.83 5 $29.15
As Good as Anybody Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom • AKJ Education $5.83 3 $17.49
A Sweet Smell Of Roses • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Hired Girl • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Quarrels That Have Shaped the Constitution Revised and Expanded Edition • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
A Thousand Splendid Suns • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
I Ask the Impossible Poems • AKJ Education $10.22 1 $10.22
EL NINO QUE SONABA CON SER HEROE/The Boy Who Dreamed of Being a Hero • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Cometas en el cielo / The Kite Runner • AKJ Education $8.72 1 $8.72
As Good as Anybody • AKJ Education $2.50 3 $7.50

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