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Mrs. Simpson from Worcester MA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing the Voice of ELLs through Poetry and Art

Help me give my students the gift of a deeper understanding of identity with the classroom basics that they need to create poetry and art.

  • $417 goal

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My Students

My students love to read and are working on gaining a deeper appreciation for poetry. Most students were not excited when they learned that we would be focusing on poetry and art to develop their English language skills this year, but they are quickly changing their minds. They are learning to work collaboratively to discover how others persevered through struggles and are expressing their experiences through original poems.

Being able to express their emotions and experiences through poetry and art has opened up sides of my students that I've never seen.

Students who have not produced a lot of writing for me in previous years are sharing their stories through poetry and giving me a deeper insight and understanding of who they are.

My Project

This year, students are learning language through poetry and art. We are translating world-class poems from their original languages into English. Our lessons this year focus on immigration and migration and how our experiences influence our identity. Students have already translated Angel Island Poem #42 and created their own poems. Completing each poetry translation cycle requires a lot of paper so the copy paper will allow us to translate many more poems this year. With the art supplies, students will be able to create art to go with their poems which will be displayed around the school.

Students love to write poetry and illustrate their creations.

Students had a great time creating rubbings after translating the Angel Island poem to reflect how the Chinese immigrants shared their poems. They wrote their original poems on top of the rubbings and proudly displayed their creations in the hallway. For their final project, students will be compiling their original poems, along with a graphic story that they'll create about themselves into a personalized journal that they'll be able to take home and treasure.

Mrs. Simpson
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hammermill Paper, Copy Paper, 8.5 x 11 Paper, Letter Size, 20lb Paper, 92 Bright, 8 Ream Case / 4,000 Sheets (113640C) Acid Free Paper • Amazon Business $25.59 3 $76.77
ARTEZA Highlighters Set of 60, Narrow Chisel Tip, Bulk Pack of Markers in Assorted Neon Colors, Made with Non-Toxic Ink, for Highlighting in the Home, School, or Office • Amazon Business $27.99 2 $55.98
Soucolor 72-Color Colored Pencils, Soft Core, Art Coloring Drawing Pencils for Adult Coloring Book, Sketch,Crafting Projects (72-Colors) • Amazon Business $16.99 3 $50.97
Crayola Bulk Colored Pencils, Pre-sharpened, Back to School Supplies, 12 Assorted Colors, Pack of 24 • Amazon Business $38.37 1 $38.37
52 Watercolor Brush Pens, Tutorial Pad and Online Video Series by Chromatek. Real Brush Tip. Vivid. Smooth. Blendable. Long Lasting. Professional Artist Quality. 50 Colors 2 Blending Brushes. • Amazon Business $30.99 1 $30.99
Crayola 58-8106 20CT Super Tips Marker (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $17.25 1 $17.25
Post-it Mini Notes, 1.5” x 2”, 24 Pads, America's #1 Favorite Sticky Note, Call OUT Important Information, Recyclable, Cape Town Collection (653-24Anvad) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Pentel WOW! Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Line, Assorted Ink Colors, 18-Pack (BK440BP18M) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48

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