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Ms. Rector from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Our World A Better Place Through Reading!

My students need a variety of nonfiction books to read that will help instill empathy and inspire activism in their lives.

  • $328 goal

This project expired on January 17, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Change. Empathy. Compassion. Humanity. These are just a few words that I would like my students to understand and use in their everyday lives. A perfect way to achieve this is to expose them to books that relate to serious issues in our world and powerful activists who inspired change.

My 6th graders attend an urban public school in Illinois.

Most of the resources and experiences that are available to these students are through my classroom and the school. They are exposed to very little outside the walls of our school and I feel it is my responsibility to bring the outside world into my classroom. One of the most powerful ways to do this is through books. My students crave books and knowledge and I feel it is my duty as an educator to do what I can to put these resources into their hands.

My Project

My students are exposed to the “hot reads” such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid or The Hunger Games. These are books that middle school children naturally choose for their independent reading. I will continue to recommend and support these titles, but I feel it is my responsibility to do more. I want to expose my students to issues in the world that will instill change, empathy, and compassion. I want my students to know global issues that have shaped our world and the leaders who made a difference. I want my students to know they can make change in our world by becoming knowledgeable in our history and activists for our future. The book titles I chose were about issues that I feel will make my students stop and think. The books will teach my students about children who live with war, gangs and violence, racism, schools around the world, and other ways children can create change. I will read aloud most of the books and guide powerful conversations and inspirational projects.

Your donations could help make powerful change in our world.

In order to change, our students need to be aware and educated on global issues that affect humanity. These books will provide the knowledge that will create compassionate, caring citizens. Knowledge is Power!

Ms. Rector
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gangs • AKJ Books $26.69 1 $26.69
Children of War • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
A Lovely Little War • AKJ Books $19.46 1 $19.46
101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You''re 12! • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
31 Ways to Change the World We Are What We Do • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Change the World for Ten Bucks • AKJ Books $9.00 1 $9.00
365 Ways to Live Green • AKJ Books $8.06 1 $8.06
A School Like Mine DK Publishing, UNICEF Staff, Contribution • AKJ Books $15.59 1 $15.59
Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain Trevor Romain, Trevor Romain • AKJ Books $6.98 1 $6.98
Bully Free Zone in a Jar • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Phillip Hoose • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Child of the Civil Rights Movement • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Come Back, Salmon: How a Group of Dedicated Kids Adopted Pig • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Escape from Saigon • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Gandhi • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Kids Write through It: Essays from Kids Who Have Triumphed o • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
My Hero: Military Kids Write About Their Moms and Dads Allen • AKJ Books $10.10 1 $10.10
Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX • AKJ Books $15.59 1 $15.59
Maya Angelou L. Patricia Kite • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Faithful Elephants • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
50 Facts That Should Change the World 2.0 • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
Giant Steps to Change the World • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25

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