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

Mentor Texts with Black and Brown Characters

My students need mentor texts for our units that reflect characters that look and speak like them, and are going through similar struggles.

  • $386 goal

This project expired on November 17, 2018.

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My Students

My students are K-3rd grade special education students at an elementary school in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. They receive services in the resource room setting, and most are diagnosed with a developmental delay or specific learning disability. My students are kind, caring, and so hardworking! We have to manage a lot in my classroom because I have to teach 4 grades levels and 2 languages (English & Spanish) all at the same time, but my students all strive to reach their highest potential with a little extra encouragement, extra help, and extra love!

My Project

The mentor texts that we are requesting have Black and Brown characters in them, that reflect the Black and Brown students that will be reading to and listening to the books. These books will help students learn about story elements: characters, setting, retelling. The books will also help the students learn about main idea and key details. All of this will be learned in a meaningful way because students will see themselves, their language, culture, and struggles reflected in the stories we are reading.

The books will also help engage students to begin to think about critical issues of social justice that impact the way they live their lives on a daily basis.

Some of the books highlight strong Black and Brown women such as Rosa Parks and Sonia Sotomayor, other books highlight Black and Brown struggles to desegregate the education system with stories of Sylvia Mendez and Ruby Bridges. The other texts touch on issues of gentrification, police brutality, immigration, etc. All of these texts will help my students learn standards-based content while opening up the platform for important conversations in our classroom.

Ms. Perales
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
No interrumpas Kika (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $17.65 1 $17.65
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.06 1 $17.06
Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La Historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
I am Sonia Sotomayor (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Train Your Dragon To Accept NO: Teach Your Dragon To Accept ‘No’ For An Answer. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Disagreement, Emotions and Anger Management (My Dragon Books) (Volume 7) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Dragon To Be Kind: A Dragon Book To Teach Children About Kindness. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Be Kind, Caring, Giving And Thoughtful. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 9) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Be Kind • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Skin Again • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Momma, Did You Hear the News? • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
My Diary from Here to There: Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Look What Brown Can Do! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Visiting Day • Amazon Business $8.37 1 $8.37
The Colors of Us • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
In My Eyes • Amazon Business $7.14 1 $7.14
The Night Worker • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Playing Loteria/El juego de la loteria (Bilingual) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
A Day's Work • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Interrupting Chicken • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $5.53 1 $5.53
¡Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $3.30 1 $3.30

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