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Ms. Brick
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 8 donors
  • $0 still needed

Culturally Competent and Literate Learners

My students need culturally relevant literature that they can identify with, that fosters a love of reading, and that surfaces the layers and parts of their own lives, often overpowered by a common classroom curriculum.

My Students

My bilingual (and some not-so-bilingual) middle school students come to school every day ready for new challenges - both social and academic.

Despite everyday obstacles that include poverty, immigration, language barriers, and just navigating life as teenagers, my students are some of the most resilient people I know.

Above all, they are excited learners and determined problem-solvers, eager to navigate a world often so different from their world at home and that of their communities.

My students have so many gifts and talents to offer the world. They are leaders of today. Your donation will help them on their path to change the world!

My Project

When my students think of people that are successful, many people they would consider "successful" do not look, act, or talk like them.

I want to supply my classroom with culturally relevant books such as The Underground Railroad, Fahrenheit 451, and Go Tell It on the Mountain and lessons so that my students can identify their own stories, struggles, and life in the literature they are reading and the topics they are learning about.

I want to empower them to know that their culture and community is important and that they play an important role in our community, our city, and our world.

I hope to incorporate culturally competent literature* into lessons that surface the layers and parts of students' lives often overpowered by a common classroom curriculum. I want to create a space where students can analyze and name the details of their own lives as well as identify commonalities in the struggles of the lives of others.

All of this in hopes of creating a classroom community and culture that cultivates respect and high expectations for each other as well as a desire to positively influence our community and world by weaving our stories together.

In the words of Lauryn Hill, "In these days of tension, tumult, and transition, an exchange of this kind can yield direction, expression, understanding and empowerment as well as connection, self-love, and appreciation that hopefully overflows into our respective communities."

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel • Amazon Business $16.17 1 $16.17
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race • Amazon Business $15.62 1 $15.62
Between the World and Me • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
Caramelo • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Notes of a Native Son • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Counting Descent • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $10.71 1 $10.71
The Great Gatsby • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) • Amazon Business $9.21 1 $9.21
The Things They Carried • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Americanah • Amazon Business $9.06 1 $9.06
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir • Amazon Business $9.04 1 $9.04
The Book of Unknown Americans • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories • Amazon Business $8.75 1 $8.75
The Fire Next Time • Amazon Business $8.21 1 $8.21
No Gravity 2 (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.25 1 $7.25
Stargirl • Amazon Business $6.65 1 $6.65
We Should All Be Feminists • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Night (Night) • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
1984 (Signet Classics) • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
Animal Farm • Amazon Business $5.88 1 $5.88

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This project will reach 110 students.

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