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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: Latinx Authors

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

  • $522 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

The objective of my World Literature course is to provide 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.

As Sandra Cisneros once said, "Latinos in the US, we often don’t know our histories because Latinx history and literature is often not part of our schooling experiences." My goal for this project is to expose my students, the vast majority of whom are of Hispanic or Latino descent, to the stories of people who they can relate to, learn from, and be inspired by.

As the year progresses, so does the need for the classroom library to grow. The books selected for this project include classic novels by Latinx 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 Latinx literature.

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
Down These Mean Streets • Amazon Business $12.70 2 $25.40
Drift: A Novel • Amazon Business $17.85 1 $17.85
Soledad: A Novel • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent • Amazon Business $16.88 1 $16.88
Days and Nights of Love and War • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Caramelo • Amazon Business $15.90 1 $15.90
Song of the Water Saints • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
The Alchemist • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
This Is How You Lose Her • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
The Book of Unknown Americans • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
Almost a Woman: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) • Amazon Business $12.46 1 $12.46
Drink Cultura: Chicanismo • Amazon Business $12.01 1 $12.01
Ficciones • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
A Place Where the Sea Remembers (Scribner's Paperback Fiction) • Amazon Business $11.30 1 $11.30
Dreaming in Cuban • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Drown • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The House of the Spirits: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club) • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
The Weight of All Things: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.04 1 $10.04
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
The Autumn of the Patriarch • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx • Amazon Business $9.37 1 $9.37
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
In the Time of the Butterflies • Amazon Business $8.55 1 $8.55
The Hummingbird's Daughter • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $7.78 1 $7.78
Before We Were Free (Laurel-Leaf Books Readers Circle) • Amazon Business $6.94 1 $6.94
Bless Me, Ultima • Amazon Business $5.38 1 $5.38
When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79

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