My students live in a socioeconomically and culturally diverse urban area; they often face challenges in and out of the classroom. Many of my students do not have the basic supplies needed for school.
Despite their challenges, my students are highly motivated to learn and contribute to the encouraging and supportive learning environment in our classroom.
The Classroom Charter we created together states that "We will work together to create a positive community where everyone feels welcome, respected, joyful, smart, and safe."
My students come from very diverse backgrounds. They deserve to learn about the successes and profound contributions made by people like themselves, including those who are female, Hispanic, African-American, immigrants, and refugees.
Please help me provide books in a wide range of reading levels so my students can see themselves in amazing scientists, artists, activists, sports figures, inventors, and other heroes.
Examples of books for young readers in my project include the stories of a young Syrian refugee, women astronauts, the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the history of Title IX. Most of these books are biographies or autobiographies. My students will be able to read them all year in our classroom library, but will also choose one person to study in-depth, writing about and portraying him or her during our biography/Living Museum unit.
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