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

Equal Representation in the English Classroom

Help me give my students quality fantasy books by female and minority authors.

  • $990 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I teach at one of the most diverse high schools in the state of Connecticut. We serve a large population of students with a wide range of racial and economic backgrounds, a rarity in our state where schools tend to be either predominantly one or the other.

While our diversity creates many challenges at times, it is also our school's greatest strength.

Our students are able to draw upon a wealth of varied experiences from their peers in their formative years and form meaningful relationships with kids who are quite literally from the other side of the tracks.

My Project

My students need books they'll engage and connect with. The school I teach in is arguably the most racially and economically diverse in the state of Connecticut, but our English curriculum doesn’t match that. The books we offer up to our students for assigned reading is by a "bunch of dead white guys" as one of my students once responded when I asked the class what he saw as problematic in the English curriculum and why he didn’t seem interested in any of the books we had to offer.

When I initially created the Fantasy and Science Fiction course as a way to drum up excitement among my students who cared little for the readings that the school curriculum offered them, I didn’t take the idea far enough.

Where were all the female authors? What about all the great African, Chinese, and Caribbean fantasy authors out there? Where were the authors that looked like my students? 50% of my students are female, but the books we offer up are predominantly by male authors. Nearly half of my students are minorities, but there are almost no non-American/British authors to speak of.

The books I’m requesting are aimed at some of my most disenfranchised and disengaged students: students of color and girls. These students choose to listen to music and watch video content produced by people who look like them, act like them and think like them; why shouldn’t they read books in the same way? This class library will offer up new worlds and new possibilities for my students. Not only will they be able to explore the genres that they’re most comfortable and interested in, but it will give them an additional incentive to engage with books again because the authors are people who they can connect with as well.

Mr. Morth
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bush Furniture Salinas 5 Shelf Bookcase in Antique White • Amazon Business $126.54 1 $126.54
The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set: The Magicians; The Magician King; The Magician's Land • Amazon Business $32.64 1 $32.64
The Mists of Avalon • Amazon Business $16.20 2 $32.40
Outlander 4-Copy Boxed Set: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn • Amazon Business $27.76 1 $27.76
MADDADDAM TRILOGY BOX: Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam • Amazon Business $27.75 1 $27.75
The Road to Camelot: Tales and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora • Amazon Business $26.98 1 $26.98
Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set (Mistborn, The Hero of Ages, & The Well of Ascension) • Amazon Business $24.27 1 $24.27
The Merlin Trilogy • Amazon Business $20.97 1 $20.97
The Female Man (Bluestreak) • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
Ammonite • Amazon Business $16.23 1 $16.23
The Inheritance Trilogy • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries • Amazon Business $15.69 1 $15.69
The Black Tides of Heaven (The Tensorate Series) • Amazon Business $14.70 1 $14.70
The Broken Crown (The Sun Sword) • Amazon Business $14.58 1 $14.58
Woman on the Edge of Time: A Novel • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
My Soul to Keep (African Immortals series) • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
The Windup Girl • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. 1) • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
Everfair: A Novel • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers) • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Roadside Picnic (Rediscovered Classics) • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
The Cloud Roads: Volume One of the Books of the Raksura • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Redemption in Indigo: a novel • Amazon Business $13.23 1 $13.23
The Curse of Chalion (Chalion series) • Amazon Business $12.64 1 $12.64
Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
The Ghost Bride: A Novel (P.S.) • Amazon Business $11.93 1 $11.93
Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Skin Folk: Stories • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Station Eleven • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
The Three-Body Problem • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld • Amazon Business $10.37 1 $10.37
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed) • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy) • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Akata Witch • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Ninefox Gambit (Machineries of Empire) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening • Amazon Business $9.21 1 $9.21
The Dreaming Tree • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
Midnight Robber • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Brown Girl in the Ring • Amazon Business $8.40 1 $8.40
Doomsday Book • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dust: A Novel (Jacob's Ladder) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Throne of the Crescent Moon (Crescent Moon Kingdoms) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Trading in Danger (Vatta's War) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Night's Master (Flat Earth) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Blue Sword (Newbery Honor Roll) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Binti • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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