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Ms. Nichols from Pleasanton CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy and Justice for All

Help me give my students a choice of popular and current books on important social justice issues that they can read in literature circles.

  • $947 goal

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My Students

My students are the best. I teach 120 8th grade students from many different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. My students are a vast mix of high achievers, English language learners, special education students and struggling learners with varying degrees of proficiency. They are kind and resourceful students who are highly motivated in and out of the classroom. With such a vast range of abilities, I am always looking for exciting ways to engage and challenge my classes at their level.

My Project

"I want to try genres I don't usually read."

"I want to read more non-fiction this year."

"My goal this year is to read some classics."

"I just want to read one book all the way through."

When I engage in conversations and conferences with students, they tell me that they want to read, but they don't for many reasons. They just don't have time. Or they can't find anything they like. Sometimes, they want to read non-fiction or try a new genre. They all say that they like to read, especially when they find books that they really like. My mandate is to get students reading and to challenge them to read outside of their comfort zone.

As a teacher, I want to find engaging books on topics that are important to my students. Secondly, I need to hold them accountable for the reading they do. Finally, I want students to talk and collaborate with each other. I want them to think deeply and learn to discuss important and often difficult topics in a meaningful way.

What better way for students to engage in the books that they choose and in the genres that they choose, than by participating in literature circles. In lit. circles, students read current books that they choose with their peers. They are held accountable to each other and their discussions are around their interests. With these materials, my students will read more, read better, and discuss important issues.

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Internment • Amazon Business $13.75 8 $110.00
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $13.74 7 $96.18
The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue (True Rescue Series) • Amazon Business $7.69 8 $61.52
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $9.89 6 $59.34
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $7.39 7 $51.73
Sadie • Amazon Business $11.48 4 $45.92
Here to Stay • Amazon Business $9.95 4 $39.80
Flags of Our Fathers: A Young People's Edition • Amazon Business $4.75 8 $38.00
First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants • Amazon Business $8.99 4 $35.96
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter • Amazon Business $8.64 4 $34.56
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazis • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $7.19 4 $28.76
The Red Pencil • Amazon Business $6.98 4 $27.92
The Librarian of Auschwitz • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Enrique's Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation): The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother • Amazon Business $3.60 4 $14.40

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