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Ms. Healy from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Empowering Poems to Read and Inspire

Help me give my students a wide and diverse list of races and backgrounds emphasizing currently writing poets: Marilyn Chin, Tracy K. Smith, Richard Blanco, Martin Espada, Ocean Vuong and new Poet Laureate Joy Harjo!

  • $801 goal

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My Students

Imagine an oasis of art in a city, populated by students from every socioeconomic group, every background, every creative interest. That is my school, an arts magnet school that attracts students from every borough of NYC to pursue visual art, music, dance, and theater. For four years they take both studio classes and academics to graduate with a diploma and a special designation for pre-professional training in the arts.

Though they may be destined for Broadway or MoMA, English is not necessarily their strong suit.

I strive to create a class environment that is routinized, but flexible, academically rigorous, but still creative. It helps to have a variety of resources to do that - books to differentiate instruction, a projector, and document camera to show lessons, movies, and art. The students challenge me to innovate, to get creative and to make the esoteric laws of reading and writing accessible.

My Project

Teenagers feel everything and feel it deeply. The density and power of poetry is perfect to hook them on reading and writing. I need to refresh my poetry library with anthologies and volumes by a variety of authors.

Offering an array of voices (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, LGBT) ensures my students feel seen and connect with the universal themes in poetry.

I've selected a variety of poetry books that will get them reading and help them find their own interests and styles. In class, they will have time to peruse the library, find poems they love, copy them in their notebook, and emulate them. They will also pick one poet and do a deep dive into this poet's work to produce an anthology, presentation or display for their peers.

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This project will reach 170 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else • Amazon Business $20.33 1 $20.33
A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems • Amazon Business $18.32 1 $18.32
The 100 Best African American Poems (But I Cheated) • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
Gathering the Tribes (Yale Series of Younger Poets) • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
An American Sunrise: Poems • Amazon Business $17.71 1 $17.71
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness • AKJ Education $16.99 1 $16.99
Goodbye, Flicker: Poems (Juniper Prize for Poetry) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 • Amazon Business $16.64 1 $16.64
Selected Poems • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
Selected Poems • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Milk and Filth (Camino del Sol) • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
The Republic of Poetry: Poems • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.60 1 $15.60
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
Where a Nickel Costs a Dime: Poems • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Woman Who Fell from The Sky: Poems • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Looking for The Gulf Motel (Pitt Poetry Series) • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Night Sky with Exit Wounds • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
Hard Love Province: Poems • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
The Angel of History • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems 1982-2002 • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me • Amazon Business $13.36 1 $13.36
The Carrying • Amazon Business $13.14 1 $13.14
The Country Between Us • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Mortal Trash: Poems • Amazon Business $12.96 1 $12.96
Lighthead: Poems (Penguin Poets) • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
Tell Me (American Poets Continuum) • Amazon Business $12.38 1 $12.38
Stay, Illusion: Poems • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
How to Love a Country: Poems • Amazon Business $12.13 1 $12.13
This Great Unknowing • Amazon Business $11.81 1 $11.81
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Duende Poems • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Take the Mic The Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word • AKJ Education $10.99 1 $10.99
Tears for Water Songbook of Poems And Lyrics • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
A Poetry Handbook • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
When My Brother Was an Aztec • Amazon Business $10.71 1 $10.71
Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice • AKJ Education $10.66 1 $10.66
100 Great Poems for Boys • AKJ Education $10.22 1 $10.22
At the Foundling Hospital: Poems • Amazon Business $10.08 1 $10.08
Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross • AKJ Education $10.00 1 $10.00
100 Great Poems for Girls • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
Lift Every Voice and Sing Selected Poems (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Don't Call Us Dead: Poems • Amazon Business $8.40 1 $8.40
The Crazy Bunch (Penguin Poets) • Amazon Business $8.03 1 $8.03
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets) • Amazon Business $7.61 1 $7.61
If They Come for Us: Poems • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77
I Am the Darker Brother An Anthology of Modern Poems by African Americans • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Blue Lipstick Concrete Poems • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
This Is Just to Say Poems of Apology and Forgiveness • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Edward Lear • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07

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