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Ms. Barriga from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Exchange Our Rose Colored Glasses For The TRUTH!

My students need 48 copies of Ishmael Beah's "A Long Way Gone".

  • $541 goal

This project expired on November 15, 2010.

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My Students

"Dear Ms. B, I would really appreciate it if next year we could read more texts about world issues. I just feel like we are so isolated, and I want to be more informed for when I go to college. Thanks, have a great summer!" This was a letter I received from my student on the last day of school.

This small gesture, tucked into the coat pocket of my sweater, has inspired me to choose Ishmael Beah's "A Long Way Gone" as the first text in my English, Social Justice course.

My students deserve to be motivated, challenged and inspired. They deserve to have the world brought to them through literature, so that they can experience cultures, religions and political systems different from their own. The school I work in is a small, tight knit community. It is primarily Hispanic and many of my students have never traveled outside of the country. As a result, and to no fault of their own, they have a narrow vision of the world and its happenings; however they are curious, and hungry for this information. While at school their eyes have been opened to so many things, and I want to continue to expand their academic boundaries. As they enter their senior year, I want to bring them information that will push them to study and to ask the question "why?"

My Project

Last year, I was fortunate enough to receive copies of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World through The text challenged my students' previously held ideologies and forced them to question the rationale behind the rules that we follow. This year, I want to continue that. As they go on to college I want to prepare them for the wealth of information they will acquire. I want to introduce them to things that have happened, and continue to happen, in our world today. These resources will allow me to show my students a world they may have never heard about. A world they may not have known existed. It will afford them the opportunity to conduct research and get involved outside of the four walls of the classroom. I want to introduce them to things that have happened, and continue to happen, in our world and with your donation that will become a reality. My students will gain valuable reading and writing skills that will benefit them in the future.

This project will mean a new outlook for my students.

Rather than viewing the world with tinted glasses, they will be exposed to the good and the bad. They will be taught how to fight against injustices and seek answers. It is not only the question that is important, it is the answer as well. My students may not find an answer, but they will learn how to get there. It is through the study of literature, and your generous donation, that my students will open their eyes to a whole new world.

Ms. Barriga
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah • Barnes and Noble $8.20 48 $393.60

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