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Ms. A. from Portland OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging Texts for Ethnic Studies

Help me give my students access to narratives and texts that describe the experiences of different ethnic and racial groups to expand the master narrative.

  • $811 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach Ethnic Studies & Global Studies in a diverse, high-poverty neighborhood. RHS is a diverse public high school: 38% Hispanic, 18% Black/African American, 4% Asian, 3% Pacific Islander, 7% Multiracial, 4% Native American, and 29% Caucasian.

I have amazing students who use their diversity and life experiences to their advantage.

Many of my students struggle with challenges outside of school. Many of our students are below the poverty line. Many students are in the foster care system or are homeless. Many are recent immigrants learning English as a second language. They are excited to boost create social change in our community.

My Project

The first time I saw my own experiences as a Latinx woman reflected in curriculum was in college. In high school, I dreaded my Social Studies classes and longed to learn more about justice movements or current events, experiences, and identity. The books on this list are some texts that quenched this thirst. I hope to now share these with my students as I finally facilitate the course I entered education to teach. My district has recently integrated Ethnic Studies into every high school.

We aspire to teach Ethnic Studies in a way that develops critical thinking, promotes empathy, and expands the narrative that is traditionally taught in Social Studies classes.

Ethnic Studies may be the first time that students see themselves and their families as heroes/heroines, contributors, and changemakers of history and today. We will use these texts as anchors for Socratic seminars, in lit circles, and to aid in research projects. I am hopeful that my students will be as inspired by them as I have been.

Ms. A.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Occupied America: A History of Chicanos (8th Edition) • Amazon Business $106.26 1 $106.26
Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism • Amazon Business $30.02 1 $30.02
White Unicorn w/Pink Hair Pinata - Mexican Piñata - Handmade in Mexico • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity • Amazon Business $20.44 1 $20.44
Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism (American Encounters/Global Interactions) • Amazon Business $19.79 1 $19.79
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race • Amazon Business $18.75 1 $18.75
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present • Amazon Business $18.30 1 $18.30
A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (For Young People Series) • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning American History for Young People) • Amazon Business $17.06 1 $17.06
No-No Boy (Classics of Asian American Literature) • Amazon Business $16.10 1 $16.10
America Is in the Heart: A Personal History (Classics of Asian American Literature) • Amazon Business $15.54 1 $15.54
From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America • Amazon Business $14.74 1 $14.74
Women, Race, & Class • Amazon Business $14.63 1 $14.63
American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Citizen: An American Lyric • Amazon Business $14.01 1 $14.01
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter (Sun Tracks) • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
Black Skin, White Masks • Amazon Business $12.61 1 $12.61
The Fire Next Time • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Wretched of the Earth • Amazon Business $12.51 1 $12.51
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts • Amazon Business $12.51 1 $12.51
The Making of Asian America: A History • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
I Am Not Your Negro • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
An African American and Latinx History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
If They Come for Us: Poems • Amazon Business $10.03 1 $10.03
The Souls of Black Folk • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, Updated and Revised Edition • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond • Amazon Business $9.76 1 $9.76
My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (Mouthmark) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00

Materials cost

$649.49

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.74

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$689.23

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$121.63

Total project goal

$810.86

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$810.86

5 Donors

-$686.86

Donations toward project cost

-$583.83

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$103.03

match offer

-$124.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$105.40

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.60

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$0.00

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