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Ms. Montgomery from Evanston IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Curiosity in the Classroom Awakens Learning - No Deaths Here!

Help me give my students an opportunity to a broad expanse of materials that mirror who they are and open widows to learn about eras and people whose stories still relate to today.

  • $357 goal

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My Students

My students are a diverse mix representing all ethnicities and religions. They are inquisitive, collaborative and advocates for the best education possible for themselves.

Critical thinking is a strong component of the curriculum and students are pushed to reflect beyond their ken.

My students are committed to achieving and gaining insight into other cultures. Having watched the thoughtful and insightful Ted talk "Danger of a Single Story" my students consistently strive to uncover everyone's role, especially when studying American history. Whether understanding how the Haitian Revolution impacted the Louisiana Purchase, the absence of the Middle East at the Treaty of Versailles and the correlation to global challenges in 2018, or discovering the ingenuity of women and people of color on major inventions of the 20th century -light bulb, telephone, irrigation etc. - these middle school students practice inclusiveness and inquiry based learning daily. I am inspired everyday as my students continue to challenge me and am privileged to say "I am a teacher".

My Project

I teach both the Social Sciences and Language Arts, providing opportunities for students to synthesize information and recognize the importance of inclusion when studying people, governments, and social structures. All voices should be heard, especially those who are not considered dominant.

I have chosen a variety of books and one DVD that will never be out of commission in my classroom!

Young adults today are aware that they live in a society that is multi-cultural and all cultures are relevant! They are genuinely responsive and always engrossed when they have the opportunity to widen their horizons from exposure to fiction and non-fiction stories, which impact their lives and challenge their social structures/boundaries.

Whether reading realistic fiction or informational texts, the value for young adults in ascertaining the catalysts and threads that relate to the formation of laws, societal norms, movements and cultural shifts is transformative for them! I am excited for my students to read these books, listen to new voices, and the discussions/projects that will be generated.

Ms. Montgomery
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
What You Do Matters Boxed Set — Featuring all three New York Times best sellers (What Do You Do With an Idea?, What Do You Do With a Problem?, and What Do You Do With a Chance?) • Amazon Business $32.32 1 $32.32
Poetry in America, Season 1 DVD • Amazon Business $20.44 1 $20.44
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Lovely War • Amazon Business $14.34 1 $14.34
Teen Trailblazers: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20 • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
Internment • Amazon Business $13.75 1 $13.75
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding • Amazon Business $12.63 1 $12.63
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Girl Gone Viral • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $11.62 1 $11.62
Something in Between (Harlequin Teen) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
How to Make Friends with the Dark • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
A Very Large Expanse of Sea • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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