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Mrs. Eaton from Springfield IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literature as a Mirror: Characters and Stories that Reflect Diversity

My students need literature circle novels to promote greater choice and diversity in the literature they encounter.

  • $737 goal

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My Students

My students enter my classroom with a diverse set of experiences and abilities, and it is my responsibility to help them come together and learn from one another. Through a varied set of texts we discuss the past and their futures. Not only do students need the skills to read and write effectively, they need to practice their critical thinking skills, and decision making in a safe non-judgemental environment.

As a class, we focus on our goals and how our attitude and the choices we make today can impact reaching these goals.

Students frequently work collaboratively, since rarely in the real world do we work in isolation. Building life skills that students can take with them after graduation is important and fostered through positive relationships and examples.

My Project

Literacy research and student responses illustrates the need and desire for choice and relevant reading opportunities for students to engage in texts that share diverse stories; stories that reflect student experiences. Students will have a choice of reading any of these six novels based on their own interests and experiences. When student engagement improves, like it does with choice, so too will critical thinking skills, writing, and reading comprehension.

Literature circles provide opportunities for students to discuss novels in small groups and work collaboratively to analyze the novel in terms of theme, character, and style, while challenging stereotypes and assumptions.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.32 8 $98.56
The Lines We Cross • Amazon Business $12.06 8 $96.48
Little & Lion • Amazon Business $11.33 8 $90.64
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $10.70 8 $85.60
Solo (Blink) • Amazon Business $10.35 8 $82.80
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.25 8 $82.00
All American Boys • Amazon Business $6.37 8 $50.96

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