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Ms. Malcolm from Washington DC is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Literature Circles: Decolonizing the High School Canon

Help me give my students access to a diverse set of books: retellings of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

  • 6 donors
  • $969 goal

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My Project

Whenever I ask my students about what we should continue or start in our classroom, I notice two common patterns, "more choice" and "more books about people like me." This project is designed to honor both of those requests.

Students will be working in literature circles to compare a canonical text with a contemporary retelling by a non-white author.

Then, students will be considering the question, is the canon universal, or are the most meaningful stories those that reflect one's own experience?

We've selected these books because they represent a range of experiences and also a range of reading levels. This will allow all of our students to be able to read and collaborate on a high level.

The books reimagine "Frankenstein" to address contemporary issues like police brutality and the War Against Terror. Additionally, our texts reimagine Elizabeth Bennet of "Pride and Prejudice" as an Afro Latina fed up with gentrification in Brooklyn and a Pakistani school teacher frustrated by the regressive cultural expectation that she must marry to be of value.

Our goal is that our students will be able to assert their own ideas about what should be included in the high school canon.

Ms. Malcolm
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Victor LaValle's Destroyer (1) • Amazon Business $13.99 15 $209.85
Pride: A Pride & Prejudice Remix • Amazon Business $9.19 15 $137.85
Frankenstein • Amazon Business $7.97 15 $119.55
Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.79 6 $94.74
Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics) • Amazon Business $5.95 15 $89.25
Unmarriageable: A Novel • Amazon Business $14.39 6 $86.34

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