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Mrs. H. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Deepening Our Representation of Diversity Through Brown Girl Dreaming

Help me give my students 130 copies of the memoir Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson. This book will be read by all the 6th and 7th grade students that I teach.

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My Students

A typical day in my classroom revolves around literature. Students are exposed to a rich, novel-based, student-centered curriculum. Sadly, our curriculum lacks diverse representation. We need 130 copies of Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Through this memoir, students will work to answer higher-order thinking questions centered around the book and it will help students appreciate and value diversity.

My students are from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

They are eager to read novels of interest to them. Our school provides our students with a rich educational foundation and prepares them for the challenges of high school, by having them grapple with real-world problems. Novels that are of interest to students, ones students can identify with, serve to teach psychology, geography, history, and English literacy, all in one student-centered package. By providing students access to literature and books that I myself value, enjoy and find interesting, I foster in each student a love of reading. This book will deepen diverse representation in my classroom and teach students to value and appreciate diversity.

My Project

The acquisition of this memoir will make a huge difference in my students' learning. From helping me to create a student-centered project that will deepen diverse representation in the classroom to teaching verse vs. prose, teaching my students to find their voice through writing, analyzing the impact of place, the complexity of family and friendship, how to listen as we read across poems and teaching race in America. This memoir focuses on the 1960s and 70s where the civil rights movement and the remnants of Jim Crow laws greatly impacted the author's childhood and family life. Through this memoir, students will learn about this important period in history and the ways in which the conversation about race in America has changed since then.

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

This project will reach 130 students.

8 donors have given to this project.

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Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 130 $1,042.60
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $21.90 1 $21.90

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