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Ms. Whelan from Alexandria VA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mayan Codex Project: Reflection and Personal Story

Help me give my students supplies (glue, twine, markers) to create their own Mayan codex. We especially need twine to tie our books together, we are all intertwined!

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This project expired on November 17, 2019.

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My Students

I teach in a high school ESL program of 600+ students. All students are newcomers to the country and are learning English, most have to work while they attend school. The program is majority Central American, next is Afghani and Ethiopian. The high school overall is the most diverse in the country. This project is part of EL World History social studies classes, my students are not only new to the country, but many are new much of the the history we will learn, and significant number have not attended school for a few years before arriving in the United States.

I want students to see history as the story that unifies our human experience, so my classes will contextualize history through an overreaching theme of human migration and how are we are all intertwined.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

My Project

A codex is a double sided folding book, the Mayans documented 3000 years of culture in these books, during Spanish conquest of the Americans all but 3 were destroyed. The written language was almost lost.

The codex is a reflection on their country of origin and their migration to this country in connection with units we will study in class.

This is a project was begun last year where students created their personal codex and there were constructed using colorful twine in the books to tie them together and they were displayed this way, "we are all intertwined in a garment of destiny" -MLK.

Next year, we will include other classes and schools, many students who are not newcomers to continue the them of inter-relatedness demonstrated in our human story.

Oh and even cooler, there are Mayan kids in my classes! Please help us buy twine and sharpies to write our stories!

Ms. Whelan
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Jute Twine- Thick Jute String Rope-Natural Garden Twine-2mm Jute Twine String Hemp Rolls 18 Colors,1605 Feet (535 Yards) Each for Gardening, Bundling, Gifts, Decoration, DIY Crafts • Amazon Business $14.99 5 $74.95
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Black, Dozen (37001) • Staples Advantage $8.23 5 $41.15
21267-1449 - Prang Washable Fine Line Markers Class Pack - Set of 144 • Blick Art Materials $23.84 1 $23.84
23810-1609 - Elmer''s Washable School Glue - Gallon, Clear • Blick Art Materials $23.19 1 $23.19

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