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Mrs. Armendariz from Dallas TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Dual Language Real-World, Relevant, and Rich Literature

My students need real world, relevant, rich literature to help them become bi-literate, bilingual and bi-cultural!

  • $575 goal

This project expired on December 12, 2018.

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My Students

My students consist of a mixture of Hispanic, low income, at risk, 6th grade students. This school is located in an urban district in a community with a high crime rate.

I began my journey at this school in the fall of 2017 after leaving a school that consisted of the opposite demographics.

There are many reasons why I left an affluent school to teach in a challenging, struggling school, the main reason is that I believe all children deserve the best education and teachers, despite their socio-economic status.

In the fall,the majority of my students admitted that they preferred math over reading and in their words, that they weren't good at reading. They showed little interest in reading and writing. That all changed when I introduced them to rich, culturally relevant, literature.

My Project

Often teachers are limited to using basal readers in their curriculum. The problem with this is that many tend to follow the stories in these textbooks without any relevancy with what is occurring in the world around them or that children can relate to. Children need to read stories where they see pictures of people that look like them or that share the same culture as them. It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that he or she is exposing multi-cultural, rich literature for our children and not merely reading a story because it’s the next story to read in the basal reader the district adopted.

These materials will provide my students an opportunity to read and engage in real-world, relevant and rich literature in both English and Spanish.

Thus, excelling them in the wonderful privilege of becoming bi-literate, bilingual and bi-cultural.

In my classroom student are motivated by an understanding that reading and writing are lifelong skills that will guide them to achieve any goal their hearts desire. They learn that knowledge is power and although we each will encounter or own difficulties in life, they can hold on to their hope and persevere.

Mrs. Armendariz
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Nacer Bailando (Dancing Home) • AKJ Education $5.83 20 $116.60
Senderos fronterizos (Breaking Through) • AKJ Education $5.83 20 $116.60
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.83 20 $116.60
Esperanza renace (Esperanza Rising) • AKJ Education $5.10 20 $102.00

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