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Mrs. Black from Milwaukie OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Look! They Look Like Me! Relevant Books for ELL Students

My students need culturally relevant books where they see and hear about themselves or their family members as well as books to help build strong social skills.

  • $460 goal

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My Students

My students walk into my ELL class with a smile on their face, excited and ready to learn and face the challenges of today. This is despite the fact that they come from poverty and often times have had traumatic experiences. They're a blend of several languages and ethnicities. This year alone we have students who speak Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Amharic, and whose heritage connects them to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ukraine, Belarus, Ethiopia, and Russia. And most importantly, they mean the world to me and they know I'll fight for their rights.

English Learners deserve nothing but the best and that means seeing themselves, their families, their culture in books that I choose to incorporate as mentor texts.

These texts could be used during reading groups, writing workshop or when I push in to classrooms.

My Project

Students need to see characters in books that look like themselves or someone in their family. With the addition of these culturally relevant books to my classroom, my students will gain reading skills and appreciation of their own culture as they listen to, read and work with books that feature characters, holidays and examples of things they see at home.

If students see examples of their own culture, they will appreciate the connection and/or learn more because they are bought in to the story.

Additionally, students will have access to growth mindset books. These books will help them learn more which will help them work harder and have greater success in their academic career and hopefully their future.

Mrs. Black
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Show; Don't Tell!: Secrets of Writing • Amazon Business $23.53 1 $23.53
As Fast As Words Could Fly • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Dreamers • Amazon Business $18.03 1 $18.03
This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World • Amazon Business $17.20 1 $17.20
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Holy Mole!: A Folktale from Mexico • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
My Name is Gabito / Me llamo Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
What Can You Do With a Paleta? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta? (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.12 1 $13.12
Mango, Abuela, and Me • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Bear and Wolf • Amazon Business $11.62 1 $11.62
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
The Night of Las Posadas (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Everybody Cooks Rice (Picture Books) • Amazon Business $5.56 1 $5.56

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