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Ms. Basile from Peninsula OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Dive Into Deaf Culture Through Literature!

Help me give my students reading resources for independent study and presentations that interest them with real life experience and stories of Deaf people in the hearing world that surrounds them.

  • $541 goal

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My Students

What I love about my students is that they are involved in a racially and culturally diverse learning environment. We are a rural Ohio school with open enrollment to Akron. I truly love seeing my students every day interacting with each other. We have open discussions about our differences, and in my classroom, have a mutual respect for each other.

I teach American Sign Language as a World Language, and in this class students learn about a culture of people, using a different language, living in a hearing world everyday, not by choice.

Because we are a language class, we focus on communication. Using real-life as a way of learning allows us to learn about each other as well as learning our content area. The joy I experience from students who talk about the friendships that have made in my class that never would have normally associated in high school makes it worth it.

My Project

Having these resources available to my students will allow them to research Deaf history, experience personal stories, a relate to people through novels through Deaf eyes in a hearing world. These are important resources to learn about the people of the language we are learning. American Sign Language is so much more than just a beautiful manual language and my students will learn about the amazing people who use it as their first natural language.

My students are looking at cultural diversity in more ways than just race and religion, but through a flourishing Deaf culture that is part of every culture with a rich history and language.

These books will be used in research projects, independent reading, and used in my lessons and teaching. Students are not just learning a language but about a parallel Deaf world that surrounds them.

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Ms. Basile
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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12 donors12 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Deaf Culture: Exploring Deaf Communities in the United States • Amazon Business $57.66 1 $57.66
Linguistics of American Sign Language, 5th Ed.: An Introduction • Amazon Business $52.31 1 $52.31
Introduction to American Deaf Culture (Professional Perspectives On Deafness: Evidence and Applications) • Amazon Business $37.50 1 $37.50
Deaf People in Hitler's Europe • Amazon Business $27.79 1 $27.79
Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner) • Amazon Business $19.42 1 $19.42
Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
Inside Deaf Culture • Amazon Business $16.66 1 $16.66
Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman's Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
The Story of Beautiful Girl • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers’ Edition: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong • Amazon Business $14.91 1 $14.91
Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
TRAIN GO SORRY: Inside a Deaf World • Amazon Business $12.83 1 $12.83
Seeing Voices • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
The Silence Between Us • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Of Sound Mind • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Waiting for a Sign • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Strong Deaf • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Hurt Go Happy: A novel inspired by the true story of a chimpanzee who learned sign language • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Read My Lips • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Moses Goes to a Concert • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
You're Welcome, Universe • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Five Flavors of Dumb • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.44 1 $7.44
I Can't See You, I'm Deaf: A Memoir • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$419.40

Vendor shipping charges

$3.99

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.29

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$459.68

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$81.12

Total project goal

$540.80

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$540.80

11 Donors

-$414.92

Donations toward project cost

-$378.93

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$35.99

match offer

-$95.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$80.75

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.25

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$30.88

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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