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Ms. Vlastaras from Perth Amboy NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Independent Reading Project: African American Authors

My students need a variety of novels to continue their exploration of the voices from around the world.

  • $391 goal

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My Students

I work in a small urban school, with about 100 students per grade level. The student population in my world literature course consists of 25 students, mainly seniors as well as some juniors. They are hard working, creative, and passionate about social justice.

Most importantly, they are deserving of the chance to access a variety of books within the classroom.

As their teacher, my primary goal is to provide my students with the kinds of learning experiences that will enrich their lives and turn them into lifelong learners, and avid readers!

My Project

My goal for my World Literature course is to provide my students with opportunities to read books from people of varying perspectives and experiences. During the course of the year, students are asked to choose a book within parameters relating to a time in history, a geographic area, or a cultural perspective.

My classroom library offers my students the opportunity to engage with people and cultures from around the world.

As the year progresses, so does the need for the classroom library to grow. The books selected for this project include classic novels by African American authors, as well as young adult fiction. These books will provide the current and future students in this course with a chance to experience the richness of African American culture, and an insight into the perspective of African American young adults.

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

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.60 1 $15.60
God Help the Child (Vintage International) • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Loving Day: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.86 1 $12.86
Americanah • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel • Amazon Business $12.33 1 $12.33
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Giovanni's Room • Amazon Business $12.01 1 $12.01
Someone Knows My Name: A Novel • Amazon Business $11.44 1 $11.44
Long Division • Amazon Business $11.44 1 $11.44
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
Fire Shut Up in My Bones • Amazon Business $11.14 1 $11.14
Beloved • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Their Eyes Were Watching God • Amazon Business $10.70 1 $10.70
An Untamed State • Amazon Business $10.55 1 $10.55
Solo (Blink) • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
The Color Purple • Amazon Business $10.03 1 $10.03
The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $9.06 1 $9.06
Another Brooklyn: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.14 1 $8.14
Who Fears Death • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The First Part Last • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Buck: A Memoir • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf • Amazon Business $7.11 1 $7.11
Binti • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Copper Sun • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39

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