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Mrs. K. from Castle Rock CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Diversity is Beautiful: Read It, Experience It, Live It!

My students need books about people who are DIFFERENT FROM THEM! When teaching American Lit, I'd like to allow students to read choice books and learn about the beautiful DIVERSITY our world has to offer!

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My Students

My American Lit class will be taught to a mix of 11th and 12th graders who come from a large suburban area and rural working farms, these students come from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds.

In this class my students will read a plethora of American Literature to study the concept of identity by answering the questions: Is identity intrinsic or culturally constructed & Can one accept, question, and treasure one’s identity at the same time?

My school has only about 25% of students who come from multi-culturally diverse backgrounds; so I feel it is imperative for these kids to study the stories and voices of authors who are different from them. This American Lit class will hopefully allow students to study and understand class, gender, racial and linguistic diversity and figure out what it means to be an American in today's world.

My Project

I am working to build an engaging and functional classroom library. I went into teaching because I wanted to give kids the chance to discover themselves through literature, and begin to understand that books are humanity in print. Research shows that giving kids time to read is the best way to increase literacy scores and foster a love of reading, so I am instituting a Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) program.

I want to encourage students to read books about people who are different from them, so they can begin to learn empathy towards all people, regardless of our diversity.

Students are only allowed to read paper books during SSR--no Kindles or iPad reading. I have weekly conversations with kids about what they're reading. I ask questions like: tell me about what you're reading, what do you like most about the book you're reading, and how has your book changed how you've looked at something in your life? My hope during these conversations is to build an interest in reading in an organic way: books are beautiful because we can talk to people about interesting things we're reading, and they shape how we see the world!

Mrs. K.
Grades 9-12

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This project will reach 80 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
American Panda • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
Meet Cute • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
Out of Darkness (Fiction - Young Adult) • Amazon Business $13.73 1 $13.73
The Lines We Cross • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Love, Hate and Other Filters • Amazon Business $12.70 1 $12.70
People Like Us • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story • Amazon Business $10.13 1 $10.13
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
All American Boys • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Perks of Being a Wallflower • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
Dumplin' • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
How It Went Down • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League • Amazon Business $5.83 1 $5.83

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