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Mrs. Wallace from Kernersville NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Living Literature: Teaching the Real World

Help me give my students quality reading materials in which they can see themselves. "Hey Kiddo" is an autobiographical memoir detailing the author's teenage experiences living with an addict and dealing with poverty.

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My Students

I teach in a suburban school in a district with school choice. While some of my students come from middle-class families, many of them live in impoverished neighborhoods with little access to the tools they need to be successful in the classroom. These students show up each day ready to grow personally and academically despite the challenges they face elsewhere.

Teaching students to collaborate is one of the key components of my classroom.

Students are encouraged to work together to investigate texts and craft various genres of writing. Creativity is encouraged and my students love to demonstrate their understanding in many ways --when they have the supplies to do so.

My Project

This autobiographical memoir details the author's life growing up in a broken home with an addict and dealing with poverty. I have several students who hate to read because they complain the literature doesn't relate to them. Additionally, as many of the are struggling readers, they balk at the idea of tackling a novel.

"Hey, Kiddo" is a graphic novel that will allow my students to see themselves in the literature.

Unfortunately, many of them live in similar situations or know someone who does. Both the formatting and the content of this text will engage my students and help make them avid readers.

Mrs. Wallace
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.85 30 $355.50

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