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Ms. Ruff from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Books of Literary Merit for AP Scholars

Help me give my students novels of literary merit written by women and people of color so that they can have choices when selecting their independent reading books.

  • $710 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are the pride of East Los Angeles! They have drive and integrity and take great pride in being awesome human beings. They are a resourceful group who collaborate well and are always up for a challenge.

Our school is a pillar of the East Los Angeles community and prides itself on its record of growth and achievement.

While we are a Title I school and nearly 90% of my students qualify for free or reduced lunch, my students are so much more than statistics. They are outstanding young people whose generosity and motivation make me happy to come to work each day.

My Project

My AP Literature students need to read widely and deeply to succeed at the college-level work we do in class. As a part of this, I require students to read one self-selected book of literary merit per quarter. I define this as a book that has appeared before on the open question essay of the AP exam, or a book of similar quality that just hasn't made it on yet, and provide them with a list of hundreds of books to choose from. Unfortunately, the literary canon is dominated by white men, which is something that none of my students identify as. I've worked to diversify our reading list, but the books of "literary merit" that students can access for free because they're out of copyright are not very diverse.

I am requesting copies of several books of literary merit that are written by women and/or people of color so that even students who can't afford to buy them on their own can access diverse novels as we prepare for the difficult AP exam.

My students need to see the diversity of our classroom reflected on the shelves, to remember that women and people of color write books of literary merit as well, and to know that they are in a classroom that prioritizes traditionally marginalized voices. This project is a step towards making my AP class more affirming of the students who take it.

Ms. Ruff
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ceremony (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) • AKJ Education $13.14 2 $26.28
A Gesture Life • AKJ Education $12.41 2 $24.82
Dreaming in Cuban (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $12.41 2 $24.82
Black Boy • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
Native Son • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
One Hundred Years of Solitude • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
Americanah • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
Oryx and Crake • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
A Thousand Splendid Suns • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
Beloved • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
Song of Solomon • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
To The Lighthouse • AKJ Education $11.67 2 $23.34
The Namesake A Novel • AKJ Education $11.67 2 $23.34
Wise Blood A Novel • AKJ Education $10.95 2 $21.90
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter • AKJ Education $10.94 2 $21.88
Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel • AKJ Education $10.94 2 $21.88
Mrs. Dalloway • AKJ Education $10.94 2 $21.88
If Beale Street Could Talk • AKJ Education $10.91 2 $21.82
A Lesson Before Dying A Novel • AKJ Education $10.22 2 $20.44
The Woman Warrior Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts • AKJ Education $7.39 2 $14.78
The Left Hand of Darkness • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Three Negro Classics • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
The Age of Innocence • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Pride and Prejudice • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Little Women (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Silas Marner • AKJ Education $3.65 2 $7.30

Materials cost

$517.96

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$47.39

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.77

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$603.12

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$106.43

Total project goal

$709.55

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$709.55

5 Donors

-$474.00

Donations toward project cost

-$402.90

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$71.10

match offer

-$235.55

Match offer toward project cost

-$200.22

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$35.33

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$0.00

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