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Ms. Abuhabsah-Ghusein from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Getting Kids to Join the Literacy Club

The cost of 15 copies each of The Great Gilly Hopkins, Hatchet, The House on Mango Street, and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, and the accompanying teacher guide for each title from AKJ Educational Services is $585, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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Dawes School is a Chicago Public School located in the Ashburn Community. 88% of the children are considered low-income and receive free/reduced lunch. The student body is 53% Hispanic, 40% African American, 6% Caucasians and 1% Asian. I want to create opportunities for social development and bridge the racial differences in my classroom. In order to have a curriculum based on this ideology we need to create a curriculum that honors, respects and acknowledges diversity. The first thing that I think needs to be done is to have a multicultural curriculum that works towards understanding different cultures. In order to have a social justice curriculum, students need to be tolerant and understanding of each other's beliefs in order to function in the realms of the classroom and society, and one way to do this is have students read different novels. I think books can become powerful when readers are completely hooked. One of the first things I would do in my classroom is pick novels that relate to what the concepts are being studied in class. For example, if my class was investing immigrations I would offer books that address the experience of children whose families emigrated from another country to the United States. It is important to have an anti-racist curriculum and one way to do this is to make room for other cultures perspectives. For example, my students would read stories like Esperanaza Rising, which is a story that that deals with issues of being Latin American during WWI and WWII. My philosophy about education is to give students enough background information so some of the negative stereotypes can be eliminated.

Ms. Abuhabsah-Ghusein
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry -- Teacher Guide • AKJ Educational Services $10.85 1 $10.85
Great Gilly Hopkins -- Teacher Guide • AKJ Educational Services $10.85 1 $10.85
Hatchet -- Teacher Guide • AKJ Educational Services $10.85 1 $10.85
House on Mango Street -- Teacher Guide • AKJ Educational Services $10.85 1 $10.85
House on Mango Street • AKJ Educational Services $8.68 15 $130.20
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Educational Services $6.10 15 $91.50
Hatchet • AKJ Educational Services $5.23 15 $78.45
Great Gilly Hopkins • AKJ Educational Services $5.23 15 $78.45

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