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Ms. Tabolt Da Silva from Dorchester MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Great Books for Black History Month (and Every Month )

My students need 10 new YA and memoir books to celebrate Black History Month.

  • $172 goal

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My Students

My ELL tenth grade students are all recent immigrants who are learning English as their second or third language. They are from more than 20 countries and speak more than 6 different languages.

My students are amazing recent immigrants who work part-time jobs, take care of family members, play sports and attend our after-school programs.

Many of my students are falling in love with reading for the first time, and they need books at their level that interest and engage them.

My Project

I recently had my students do a journal prompt based on Nicola Yoon's Young Adult novel Everything, Everything. Students quickly fell in love with the passage and keep asking when I can secure more copies of the title.

I then gave my students the task of finding a collection of novels and memoirs by Black authors that they want to read.

This project of ten books is the result. Some of the titles are from asking other teens what they liked to read after reading Nicola Yoon's "Everything, Everything." Two of the titles were recommended when memoir writer Candace McDuffie visited our class. After our conversation with Candace McDuffie, many students shared that they want more books that reflect their lives and experiences with racism in our classroom.

Ms. Tabolt Da Silva
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 2 $17.58
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
Multicultural Theatre: Scenes and Monologs from New Hispanic, Asian, and African-American Plays • Amazon Business $13.78 1 $13.78
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 2 • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America • Amazon Business $10.38 1 $10.38
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98

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