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Mrs. Block from Ventura CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diving in to Inequality and Social Injustice Issues

Help me give my students high interest novels, for book club, that dive deep into issues such as social injustice, crime, police brutality, hate crimes, friendship, and betrayal.

  • $692 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are at-risk. This means they are at risk of not graduating. Some of my students are pregnant, teen parents, on probation, from group homes, behind in credits, second language learners, struggling with drug addiction, or simply just have not made a connection with their traditional high school. I work in a Model Continuation Title I high school. The student-to-teacher ratio is 20:1. Our students have the opportunity to make up their credits by attending our local community college, completing additional coursework at our school, enrolling in ROP, and taking additional classes online. Our entire school population receives free lunch.

The majority of our students were placed here involuntarily.

Many of our students do not have computers at home, nor do they have internet access. Our students benefit from smaller class sizes. We are a devoted staff to our students' success.

My Project

I teach Social Studies and my esteemed colleague teaches English. We want to pair up and tackle inequality and social injustice. We have selected the following novels to be read in "book clubs" in English class. These titles include: The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives, All American Boys, The Hate U Give, and On the Come Up. These novels are engaging and will allow students to empathize with their teenage protagonists on the hot topics of racism, injustice, poverty, and the laws today. We want much more from our students!

How can students become social justice, human and civil rights advocates?

How can our students be leaders and stand up for what is right? What are the rights of Americans? How can students be more involved? In my social studies classes, we will learn how we can have a voice! Students will be in learning centers. One center will be an online activity where students choose an injustice that they would like to make a difference. They will choose their cause! In another teacher led center, students will also be introduced to local activism such as Amnesty International, Tolerance.org, and there are a plethora of actionable ideas on Social Injustice on Nea.org.

Students will design their platform to convince other students:

What is the injustice?

How many people is this affecting?

What are the consequences of this injustice?

What are legal action plans on how we can combat this injustice?

Students may create a video out in the community. They may interview people that are fighting the fight. They may try to persuade us to join Amnesty International by demonstrating that one voice joined with others can result in change. Students will stand up, choose a side & be advocates.

Mrs. Block
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $13.61 6 $81.66
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Familyx92s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.38 5 $71.90
The Kite Runner • Amazon Business $13.99 5 $69.95
The Hate U Give Collector's Edition • Amazon Business $10.49 6 $62.94
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $10.49 6 $62.94
30 Colors Dual Tip Alcohol Based Art Markers,Shuttle Art Alcohol Marker Pens Perfect for Kids Adult Coloring Books Sketching and Card Making • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
All American Boys • Amazon Business $5.07 6 $30.42
Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth • Amazon Business $10.39 2 $20.78
Mendez v. Westminster: School Desegregation and Mexican-American Rights (Landmark Law Cases & American Society) • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
The Kite Runner Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $15.86 1 $15.86
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Insurgent Movie Tie-in Edition (Divergent Series) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $9.45 1 $9.45
The Kite Runner • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

Materials cost

$504.20

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$46.13

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.56

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$587.89

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$103.75

Total project goal

$691.64

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$691.64

4 Donors

-$323.72

Donations toward project cost

-$312.47

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$11.25

Matching donations from our partners

-$324.02

Match offers toward project cost

-$275.42

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$48.60

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$43.89

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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