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Mr. Siegel from Bloomfield CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging, Complex Texts to Support Human Rights Education

Help me give my students a variety of engaging and complex texts to support an Early College Experience Human Rights course, while increasing class participation and student achievement.

  • $295 goal

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My Students

BHS is unique in that over 90% are from minority backgrounds. As of 2013, BHS was identified as an underperforming school district. Over the past 5 years, we have made great strides academically due in part to the integration of literacy in every classroom. As such, we are continually striving to enrich our content and curriculum through the addition of high interest, complex texts, which students can engage with and read independently, while also adding to the richness of the course.

Our students are high energy and eager to absorb new information.

However, they are often tardy, act out in class, and are generally disengaged in the classroom, due in part to the increased rigor. For many of our students, participation in class is deterred by the behavior of others and various social distractions. A general culture that devalues academic success has led to a lack of motivation to attend and participate in classes. Students often prefer to look at their cell phones than take part in class activities and discussion or read the assigned texts.

My Project

Many of our students have roots in Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean islands. They and their families have experienced civil and human rights violations in their lives and will truly benefit from the opportunity to discuss, research, analyze, and take action on such issues. As such, we are beginning an Early College Experience Human Rights course next year through the University of Connecticut. This course will not only provide our students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful instruction and advocacy, but also support and enhance the vision our school and district hold for their growth and success by experiencing a high-rigor, college-level course.

In order to most effectively examine contemporary and historical issues of human rights, students need a variety of complex, yet engaging texts.

The texts selected are a combination of various genres and mediums including biographies, collections of speeches and poetry, young-adult fiction, and graphic novels. Together, these texts will highlight the history of human rights and contemporary human rights issues, as well as provide students with first-hand accounts of human rights violations both foreign and domestic.

Additionally, the course has been designed as a student-centric, inquiry-based program that promotes critical thinking and will lead to students taking ownership over their learning. It is my goal to support and enhance this rigorous instruction with engaging, high-interest texts in order to provide the most beneficial and long-lasting instruction possible for my students. On the classroom level, high student engagement will decrease attendance issues and classroom distractions, while increasing participation and work competition. Ultimately, human rights education will not only benefit the college and career readiness of students, but create critically literate and active citizens in an increasingly globally connected society.

Mr. Siegel
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (California Series in Public Anthropology) • Amazon Business $27.31 1 $27.31
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
The Complete Persepolis • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation (California Series in Public Anthropology) • Amazon Business $20.16 1 $20.16
The Complete Maus • Amazon Business $17.60 1 $17.60
We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival • Amazon Business $15.56 1 $15.56
Pride of Baghdad • Amazon Business $14.55 1 $14.55
Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
Illegal • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
Never Fall Down: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.47 1 $9.47
SOLD • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69

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