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Ms. Ullman from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mirrors and Windows in Literature

Help me give my students books that are mirrors and windows for their reading experiences next year!

  • $300 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember your history classes? For many, the thought of history evokes dry lectures and textbook readings about chronology and irrelevant events. ("Bueller?") For my 6th graders, however, studying history means interviewing peers to create oral histories, conducting historical research to create museum exhibits, and crafting documentaries and TED Talks.

In my 6th grade history classroom, I try to bring ancient history to life through project-based learning, collaboration, and technology.

I teach 100 brilliant, resilient, and thoughtful students of color, many of whom are impacted by trauma. By teaching my students to develop their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills, I hope to help them better understand historical inequities in order to fight for social justice.

My Project

For the past six years, I have worked at building a library of books that appeal to a wide range of student interests, reading levels, and identities. I've spent summers browsing Craigslist, attending library sales, and searching for grant opportunities online to help pay for books for my classroom library. I love to watch students become engaged in reading about experiences both similar to and different from their own. From biographies to historical fiction, from graphic novels to picture books, I love working together with students to find books that spark their imagination and make them hunger for more.

This May, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I would like to expand my classroom library with books that specifically center the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience.

My current classroom library includes many books about kids with diverse identities, but it has been more challenging to find secondhand or low-cost books with Asian American and Pacific Islander protagonists in my summertime searches.

The term "mirrors and windows" refers to the different types of stories that students may encounter in the book they read. While some stories act as mirrors, reflecting back experiences that students themselves may share, others act as windows into the experiences of others with different identities.

My hope is that by expanding my classroom library with these books, my Asian American and Pacific Islander students will build confidence in their own identities, and all students will build empathy by reading about cultures different from their own.

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

Equity Focus

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This project will reach 100 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Alvin Ho Series Set • Amazon Business $36.99 1 $36.99
Bilal Cooks Daal • Amazon Business $17.69 1 $17.69
Fly on the Wall • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
We Are Inspiring: The Stories of 32 Inspirational Asian American Women (1) • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
American as Paneer Pie • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
The Most Beautiful Thing • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom (Volume 6) (People Who Shaped Our World) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Measuring Up • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Stargazing • Amazon Business $11.04 1 $11.04
Cora Cooks Pancit • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Year of the Dog (A Pacy Lin Novel, 1) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sylvia & Aki • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
MOANA - JR. NOVEL • Amazon Business $5.94 1 $5.94
Pua and Heihei (Disney Moana) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $4.58 1 $4.58
Katie Woo and Friends • Amazon Business $2.79 1 $2.79
Uncle Tino • Amazon Business $2.67 1 $2.67

Materials cost

$202.78

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$18.55

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.04

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$254.37

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$44.89

Total project goal

$299.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$299.26

1 Donor

-$149.63

Donations toward project cost

-$127.19

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.44

match offer

-$149.62

Match offer toward project cost

-$127.18

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.44

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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