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Ms. Griffin from Seattle WA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Liberation Through Literacy With a Strong Classroom Library

My students need interesting, engaging books, and books in which they can see themselves.

  • $770 goal

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My Students

My students are 9th and 10th graders living in an urban area. Our school is diverse, with recent immigrants from Somalia, Eritrea, Russia, and Guatemala, among others, alongside multiple ethnicities whose families have been here for generations. Sixty-two percent of our students are enrolled in the free and reduced price lunch program.

Our students have their fingers on the pulse of culture at all times.

No matter what their backgrounds, most of our students have access to technology (maybe too much!). They are creative, they are social justice activists, and they have a diverse set of dreams and goals for themselves.

My Project

I have been practicing Reading Apprenticeship, and the Reading and Writing Workshop models, which most of my students have experienced throughout middle school, if not elementary school as well. These methods of teaching help readers develop efficacy, confidence, independence, and appreciation for reading. A missing piece of the puzzle, however, is access to books. Though we have a school library, having a classroom library, with books available to us right there in that key moment, when students are telling me what they might be willing to read, and we are setting a goal and making a deal . . . that is not the time to say, "Well, make sure you go by the library later." No, that is the time for me to walk over to the shelves in our classroom, pull out The Hate U Give, and say, "Try this one. Check out the cover, read the first ten pages. I think you'll like it. It will help you reach your goals." The classroom library is key to meeting students where they are at key moments.

Literature is where writers explore what it means to be alive, and to be in relationships in a complicated world.

Reading helps us make sense of our own experiences and learn through others. It helps us understand by stretching our exposure to ideas and cultures and places. It helps us think through our own identity, morals, and values. And it builds a sense of being part of a continuum of human community.

The books I've chosen for this project are taken from student suggestions and lists from the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature, to ensure all of my students have a chance to see themselves and their interests in the books we have available, but also to expand their experiences.

Ms. Griffin
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Selection 5-Book Box Set: The Complete Series • Amazon Business $27.20 1 $27.20
Seattle in Black and White: The Congress of Racial Equality and the Fight for Equal Opportunity (V. Ethel Willis White Books) • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Marvel Encyclopedia • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
The Gang of Four: Four Leaders, Four Communities, One Friendship • Amazon Business $21.00 1 $21.00
The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era (Emil and Kathleen Sick Book Series in Western History and Biography) • Amazon Business $19.56 1 $19.56
Shame the Stars • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
House of Purple Cedar • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
The Sun and Her Flowers • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
Little & Lion • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Between the World and Me • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Armada: A novel by the author of Ready Player One • Amazon Business $12.02 1 $12.02
Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Surviving Gretchen (The Storms of Friendship) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
This Is Where It Ends • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Black Panther: World of Wakanda • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
Under a Painted Sky • Amazon Business $10.32 1 $10.32
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 • Amazon Business $10.22 1 $10.22
A Global Warming Primer: Answering Your Questions About The Science, The Consequences, and The Solutions • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Egypt • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Boy Meets Boy • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
None of the Above • Amazon Business $9.54 1 $9.54
Allegedly • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Will Grayson, Will Grayson • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Flame in the Mist • Amazon Business $9.06 1 $9.06
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces • Amazon Business $9.03 1 $9.03
Flygirl • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Emily the Strange: Dark Times • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Ready Player One: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Children of Eden: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Queens of Geek • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Luna • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
All in Pieces • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Out of My Mind • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Rooftoppers • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Snitch • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Steelheart (The Reckoners) • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Throne of Glass • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Bud, Not Buddy • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Mysterious Benedict Society • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) • Amazon Business $6.91 1 $6.91
A Crown of Wishes (Star-Touched) • Amazon Business $6.61 1 $6.61
Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Raft • Amazon Business $4.31 1 $4.31

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