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Mrs. Butler from Riverdale MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Finding the Purpose. Finding Our Voice.

Help me give my students novels for their independent reading unit so they can choose a text that reflects their interest while still discussing underlining themes of justice and finding one's voice.

  • $366 goal

This project expired on February 15, 2019.

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My Students

The best thing about teaching ninth grade is seeing my students grow and mature both personally and academically. Our ninth grade classes are generally large with an average size of 35, yet they often feel smaller due to the environment of collaboration & support we've cultivated. My students overcome many obstacles and balance numerous responsibilities in order to come to class and positively contribute to our learning environment.

Though most of my scholars are not able to afford their own school supplies or books, my students have come to recognize that their voice is valuable, their effort is essential, and their potential for growth is limitless.

Students eagerly want to succeed, but many of my students have failed or received poor grades throughout middle school; thus, their confidence and abilities are low when they begin their high school career. Therefore, our class is built around the idea of group growth and we celebrate our individual and collective progress.

Your donations to provide more books, supplies, and access to technology fulfills a serious lack in resources, but it is even more valuable because it contributes to each student's confidence knowing there are others just as invested in their success.

My Project

Many students begin ELA 9 believing either that books are boring or that they are bad readers. So the class is designed to introduce students to texts that excite, challenge, and reflect them as well as provide them various methods to engage with the reading. Students have been introduced to short stories, poems, speeches, and a young adult novel that incorporate multiculturalism and discuss relevant issues within their communities and larger society. Students eagerly read texts as a class and discuss their perspective in their literature circles.

The independent reading unit is designed to allow students to engage with texts that more closely align with their personal interests while also allowing them to engage with their peers as they make connections to the universal themes and larger human experience.

For this unit I'm requesting copies of In the Time of the Butterflies, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and Just Mercy.

Students will choose one of these novels to read and participate in literature circles to discuss their text. If we reach our goal, every student will receive a novel to take home to read and annotate instead of only being able to read in class. These donations are extremely beneficial as most students cannot afford to buy their own novel and lack the transportation to reach the local library.

It is so important for students to read and ENJOY what they are reading. These books reflect the interests students have expressed and they will allow students to understand larger ideas through a lens of their choosing. Students will be able to not only find the purpose behind the text, but they will also use the texts as a means to find their own voices and craft their own powerful narratives.

Mrs. Butler
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 95 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice • Amazon Business $12.91 12 $154.92
In the Time of the Butterflies • Amazon Business $14.09 5 $70.45
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • Amazon Business $8.99 4 $35.96

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