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Ms. Hunter from Portland OR is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Essential Reading: The Lens Through Which We See The World

Help me give my students relevant, engaging texts. Choice reading gives my students the opportunity to find themselves through the lives of others as a means of defining their own lives.

  • $770 goal

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My Students

Our School District is located in the bustling heart of Portland, Oregon. At the High School level, we currently serve over 2,600 students each day representing over eighty percent of the global majority. Because of this, it is imperative that educators are able to offer culturally and historically responsive literacy curriculum to all students. 

This means that no matter our students' racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual, gender, kinship, academic/intellectual, environmental, personal/individual, and communal selves, our curriculum must continually seek to encourage and challenge students to be both seen and heard in and out of our classroom. 

In order to achieve this goal, students must have access to texts and materials that ask them to actively engage in reading. writing, thinking, debating, reflecting, critiquing, evaluating, and growing. This is where you come in. For students to exercise this right, we need your help. 

My Project

Choice reading gives my students the opportunity to find themselves through the lives of others. Reading gives my students the ability to see and define their own lives.

My students' identities matter; my students' sense of place matters; the socio-cultural-political contexts in which my students navigate on a daily basis must be reflected in their literary character to instill academic success, cultural competence, and sociopolitical consciousness.

My students need multiples avenues for accessing a sense of selfhood: racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, intellectual, environmental, personal, sexual, and communal. This leads students to their own criticality.

Ms. Hunter
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
They Called Us Enemy • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $19.00 3 $57.00
Firekeepers Daughter • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $13.00 3 $39.00
Tokyo Ever After: A Novel • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $19.00 2 $38.00
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $11.00 3 $33.00
Long Way Down The Graphic Novel • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $11.00 3 $33.00
American Like Me • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $16.00 2 $32.00
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $30.00 1 $30.00
Gaither Sisters Trilogy Box Set • MahoganyBooks $21.57 1 $21.57
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Adapted for Young People) • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $20.00 1 $20.00
Cemetery Boys • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $19.00 1 $19.00
A Black Womens History of the United States • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $18.00 1 $18.00
Ace of Spades • MahoganyBooks $17.09 1 $17.09
Dear Justyce • MahoganyBooks $17.09 1 $17.09
We Are Not Free • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $17.00 1 $17.00
Kingston and the Magician's Lost and Found • MahoganyBooks $16.19 1 $16.19
Fast Pitch • MahoganyBooks $16.19 1 $16.19
A Cuban Girls Guide to Tea and Tomorrow • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $16.00 1 $16.00
Clean Getaway • MahoganyBooks $15.29 1 $15.29
Ikenga • MahoganyBooks $15.29 1 $15.29
The Light in Hidden Places • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $15.00 1 $15.00
American Born Chinese • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $15.00 1 $15.00
Within These Wicked Walls • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $15.00 1 $15.00
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell • MahoganyBooks $14.40 1 $14.40
The Poet X • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $13.00 1 $13.00
Dont Ask Me Where Im From • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $13.00 1 $13.00
Furia • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $13.00 1 $13.00
The Downstairs Girl PB • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $10.00 1 $10.00
Odd One Out • MahoganyBooks $9.89 1 $9.89
Pet • MahoganyBooks $8.99 1 $8.99
Dear Martin • MahoganyBooks $8.99 1 $8.99

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