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

Diversity and Coming of Age

Help me give my students 3 class sets & single titles to provide an array of literature focusing on coming of age (Flip) and diversity(Wonder)! We have begun a unit stressing the importance of sharing minority strides.

  • $1,050 goal

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My Students

My students would love to reclassify from their ELD class; however, with low skills, intrinsic motivation, scholarly traits (work habits), cooperation, SEI, parental involvement + they would benefit from being able to have an array of reading material that is both current and classical. My students need support in strengthening their listening, communication, verbal, writing, and reading skills. My students comprise of many cultures ranging from nationalities of Hispanic descent, Armenian, Russian, Filipino, and Asian.

I also teach an all-girl reading class to allow their confidence to flourish, ask questions, and learn without any possible intimidation from the opposite gender.

I would love text they can be motivated to excel as an individual and find empowerment to be young strong, independent, knowledgeable ladies.

My Project

The titles I selected are reflective of my students. Many of my ELD (English Language Development) population lack motivation and control. I'm hoping to present them with stories of minorities they can relate, make connections, and aspire to greatness by encouraging themselves intrinsically!

I selected minority stories that overcame obstacles and challenges, whether it be language, adaptation to a new country because they recently immigrated, Milo traveling to a world of crazy and "confusing" math concepts (Phantom Tollbooth), and coming of age (Flipped) which may in itself be a confusing and distracting time in their adolescence.

We will implement guided reading and literature circles with different titles selected to help implement specific reading strategies to help them become engaged and active readers. My students are reading below grade level. The titles selected will help hook their interest as there are different character qualities within the book they can identify.

Ms. Rugamas
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wonder • AKJ Education $8.89 15 $133.35
Cuba 15 • AKJ Education $7.29 15 $109.35
Flipped • AKJ Education $7.29 15 $109.35
The Phantom Tollbooth • AKJ Education $6.29 15 $94.35
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras • AKJ Education $17.06 1 $17.06
When the Beat Was Born DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Water Princess • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History Of The Harlem Renaissance • AKJ Education $14.60 1 $14.60
The Phantom Tollbooth CD • AKJ Education $13.99 1 $13.99
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Sit-In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Dreamers • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Henry's Freedom Box • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
She Persisted • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Grandfather Gandhi • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Lillian's Right to Vote A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Wangari's Trees of Peace A True Story from Africa • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Yo Soy Muslim • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Other Side • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Princess and the Warrior • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Who Was Frida Kahlo? • AKJ Education $4.79 2 $9.58
Mexican WhiteBoy • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Too Many Tamales • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Our Children Can Soar A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Dad, Jackie, and Me • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Adelita A Mexican Cinderella Story (Spanish Edition) • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ruby's Wish • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Freedom Summer • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Who Was Nelson Mandela? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Rosa Parks? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Roberto Clemente? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was the March on Washington? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37

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