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Mrs. Overland from Milwaukee WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Launching a Love for Literacy: Diverse and Engaging Reads

Help me give my students access to diverse perspectives and engaging texts in their freshman IB Language and Literature class.

  • $743 goal

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My Students

My 9th-grade students attend an urban public school with a diverse student body. Our rigorous IB curriculum and the classroom communities we build together encourage my students to consider multiple perspectives and become responsible global citizens.

They love engaging in inquiry as they develop their communication and critical thinking skills, and are eager to discuss connections between the literature and their society!

Literature is an invaluable tool for exploring human nature and the past and present world around us; furthermore, developing a love for literacy will be integral to my students' future success. The foundation of skills they build this year alongside the lessons they learn about the beauty and power of language will (hopefully) remain with them throughout their academic and professional careers!

My Project

Adding these sets of Young Adult Literature titles to my classroom library will allow my students to choose which book they would like to end their freshman year with. These titles are celebrated in the literary world due to their diversity, cultural relevancy, and engaging themes. Students will be able to explore all of the texts, select the one they are most interested in, and participate in collaborative literature circles using one of the titles included in this project! These engaging books will serve as the primary sources for the literature circles. Students will put their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and inquiry skills to use in order to prepare for and participate in their literature circle activities.

Most importantly, the goal is for my students to experience success and joy in their learning that can also help foster a genuine love of reading!

Mrs. Overland
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 48 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Children of Blood and Bone • AKJ Education $13.86 12 $166.32
The Astonishing Color of After • AKJ Education $13.86 12 $166.32
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • AKJ Education $13.13 4 $52.52
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban • AKJ Education $11.68 4 $46.72
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • AKJ Education $11.19 4 $44.76
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time • AKJ Education $10.95 4 $43.80
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • AKJ Education $10.94 4 $43.76
Speak • AKJ Education $6.98 4 $27.92

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