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Mrs. Medendorp from Norton Shores MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diversity Rocks - Celebrate Differences Through Books

Help me give my students diverse, inclusive, eye-opening novels that will help them understand and celebrate each others differences!

  • $293 goal

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My Students

As students enter my classroom, I smile seeing their faces light up. These diverse adolescents know that my room is a place they will be challenged, given respect, and pushed to think critically about themselves and their literature. I am grateful to teach 8th grade English in a culturally, economically, and racially diverse school. My young readers amaze me daily with their ability to truly celebrate their differences and invest in our classroom.

In my classroom, reading chosen stories is so much more than academic work; through these experiences with literature, my developing readers are able to grow into confident, empowered, and accepting young adults.

Author and educator Regie Routman explains that "classroom libraries are a literacy necessity; they are integral to successful teaching and learning and must become a top priority if our students are to become thriving, engaged readers." As an educator, I believe the most impactful thing I can do is foster my students' love of reading through providing rich, authentic experiences with literature. I can only do this by providing books that represent the vast array of their personalities and cultures.

My Project

Research supports what readers have known all along, literary fiction fosters social empathy. Kwame Alexander, an author and advocate for diverse literature, explains that we must provide students with books that showcase all their unique experiences. He asks, "if books don't give them the opportunity to see outside themselves, then how can we expect them to grow into adults who connect in meaningful ways to a global community, to people who might look or live differently?"

Now more than ever, it is crucial that we foster a society of tolerant, empathetic, and understanding adults, and we must do this through broadening our youths exposure to diversity.

In my classroom students know that we celebrate and seek understanding about all the amazing things that make us diverse. These things include our many religions, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds, and medical needs; I must validate this tolerance with the literature on my bookshelves. In addition to providing high-interest, diverse literature, I must create a positive classroom community centered on inclusion and understanding. These novels will be central to our discussions and projects focused on both bettering students' academic abilities and building empathetic young adults.

Thank you for supporting my young readers, and helping them to become adults that celebrate differences!

Mrs. Medendorp
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Paperback Collection: To All the Boys I've Loved Before; P.S. I Still Love You; Always and Forever, Lara Jean • Amazon Business $21.15 1 $21.15
Two Can Keep a Secret • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
A Very Large Expanse of Sea • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
There Goes Sunday School • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
That's Not What Happened • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Watch Us Rise • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
The Cheerleaders • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Running with Lions • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
Internment • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
How She Died, How I Lived • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
The Blood of Emmett Till • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Swing (Blink) • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
Odd One Out • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
The Heir (The Selection) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Autoboyography • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
The Crown (The Selection) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
House Arrest • Amazon Business $3.40 1 $3.40

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