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Mrs. Merion from North Augusta SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Imagination & Reality on a Shelf

Help me give my students novels that represent the diversity that exists in our world. The most expensive books are a LGBTQ fiction and a nonfiction on civil rights. The rest represent even more diversity.

  • $303 goal

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My Students

My high school students come from the most diverse backgrounds. More than one student transferred from a gang-ridden city. Another from France. A young man's family came from Puerto Rico. Many never left our local area. Many have never taken a long road trip. Most have never flown. Very few have taken family vacations out of our state.

My students range from high-achieving to barely reading, and all of them come wanting to learn.

Most of my students are involved in not just one sport or extracurricular but many. Very few are involved in none. These teenagers spend hours on school work and representing their school the best way they can.

My Project

For students, literacy is often the word a teacher uses and is associated with "forced" in class readings of novels, short stories, and poems. Often, students are overwhelmed by libraries and too hesitant to ask a librarian, often a stranger, for help. As Scholastic reports, "in one study, classroom libraries increased reading time by 60%." Increasing student reading time connects to increasing vocabulary knowledge and comprehension skills. Also, when students are exposed to literary diversity, they have a chance to learn outside of their own context. My classroom library is in desperate need of an upgrade to become more inclusive as well as represent current high interest nonfiction.

In my effort to create a classroom library focused on diversity in fiction and nonfiction, your donation can supply numerous opportunities for students to identify as well as diversify their literature experience.

I already have novels to represent strong female characters but need male driven plots as well as more diverse cultural representation. I've also included nonfiction that will connect to our curriculum, which will certainly assist students in realizing their own voice as a young adult.

Mrs. Merion
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
They Both Die at the End • Amazon Business $8.56 2 $17.12
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Lovely War • Amazon Business $12.86 1 $12.86
Revolver • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Lady Smoke (Ash Princess) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $10.02 1 $10.02
Purple Hibiscus: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies) • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Will Grayson, Will Grayson • Amazon Business $9.62 1 $9.62
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
Hope and Other Punch Lines • Amazon Business $8.47 1 $8.47
Darius the Great Is Not Okay • Amazon Business $8.43 1 $8.43
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
Ash Princess • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81
Reign of the Fallen • Amazon Business $7.16 1 $7.16
Gone • Amazon Business $6.25 1 $6.25
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.80 1 $5.80

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