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Ms. L. from Waterbury CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Empowering Students by Teaching about Human Rights

My students need 14 human-rights themed books, including "Aung San Suu Kyi: Standing up for Democracy in Burma" and "Amnesty International".

  • $411 goal

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I could not believe the reactions of my inner city students when I started teaching them about global human rights issues!

I teach in a very inner city school. Most of my students are on free or reduced lunch. Most of my kids come from broken homes. Parents are struggling to put food on their tables. As a reading teacher, I struggle with getting my kids interested in school, let alone interested in reading. It is difficult for them to see the importance and relevance of education to their own lives. Not having enough teaching materials does not help this situation. Our school barely has a library (3 or 4 shelves of out of date books) and no computer lab to speak of. Like many teachers in my school, I bought my own computer for my class and my own "library" for my students to use. In this learning setting, it is easy to see that my kids are used to feeling like victims. They know where they come from and say things like "our school is poor." It was primarily in response to statements like this that I decided to teach them about how fortunate they are in comparison to so many children all over the world. I could not believe how well they responded. My students, even the ones who formerly said they hated reading, started asking me for books to read about human rights!

I would like to build a library of human rights resources for my students to use to conduct research. I have selected 14 books that I know my students would love reading on a variety of related subjects. My students will each choose a topic that they are related to and after conducting their research, they will present their finding to the class and hopefully some parents will be able to come see their children's presentation as well. This will be an incredibly empowering experience for them.

You will help my students realize that they are not powerless. They do have a voice, a very powerful voice. My students are used to being on the receiving end of charity and being thought of as disadvantaged. You can help me show my students that they are actually in a position to help others.

Ms. L.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 130 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children Faith J. H. McDonnell, Grace Akallo • Barnes and Noble $12.59 1 $12.59
Aung San Suu Kyi: Standing up for Democracy in Burma Bettina Ling, Foreword by Charlotte Bunch • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures With Amnesty International • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Human Rights Keith McGowan • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
Rights in the Home Emma Haughton, Penny Clarke • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
Equal Rights Maureen O'Connor • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
Freedom of Belief Mike Hirst • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
Jessie de la Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Amnesty International Deena Banks • Barnes and Noble $27.54 1 $27.54
Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa Mark Mathabane • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Thunder Cave Roland Smith • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Girl Named Disaster Nancy Farmer • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Teen Life in Africa Toyin Falola (Editor), Richard M. Lerner, Jeffrey S. Kaplan (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $54.85 1 $54.85
Child of Dandelions Shenaaz Nanji • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15

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