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  • $997 goal

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Mr. Wooten
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Diverse Books Initiative

My students need a classroom library filled with novels that will inspire and empower them! These books will be used during DEAR in which we will read and write together to develop our identities.

My Students

My students need books that they can relate to and novels that not only engage their identity but also help foster a love for reading!

I teach 8th-grade ELA in the South Bronx.

98% of my students are African American and Latino and 90% qualify for free/reduced school lunch. My students are incredibly talented, creative and have the determination to find answers to some of life's most difficult questions. My students love to debate (our school has ranked nationally in speech and debate), they are musicians, they take pride in their community through civic engagement, and most importantly they are great scholars!

My Project

As an ELA/Reading Teacher (of primarily African American & Hispanic males), I understand the importance of explaining real-world scenarios to my students in an engaging way. My students are highly engaged during lessons that confront and explain the problems of the world that most affect their day to day living scenarios. These experiences empower my students to think critically while thinking of unique ways to make a difference. They are aware of the issues that surround them daily and are looking for engaging books that help them connect further to their identities.

Each book for the "Diverse Books Initiative" project has intentionally been chosen.

Monster, Slam, and You Don't Even Know Me are going to be an outlet for my African American male students to question, develop, and evolve their identity which is especially important during today's turbulent times. The Skin I'm In will serve a similar function, except it will confront their ideas and treatment of their classmates that are young women. These books will be used every day during our DEAR periods at the beginning of each reading class in which we will read and write together to develop our identities and push each other to grow.

I'm excited to share novels that have helped shape my experience as an African-American male growing up in New York. I hope these novels will do the same for my students!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Monster • AKJ Education $7.29 20 $145.80
Swagger • AKJ Education $13.13 10 $131.30
Money Hungry (new cover) • AKJ Education $6.56 20 $131.20
The Skin I'm In • AKJ Education $6.56 20 $131.20
You Don't Even Know Me Stories and Poems About Boys • AKJ Education $6.56 15 $98.40
33 Things Every Girl Should Know Stories, Songs, poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women • AKJ Education $9.49 10 $94.90
Purple Hibiscus • AKJ Education $14.36 5 $71.80

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This project will reach 60 students.

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