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Mrs. Krulder from Paradise CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mirrors and Windows: My Students Asked for More Poetry

My students need diverse poetry to serve as mirrors to understand their own experience and windows to other perspectives.

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My Students

Because I teach both on-level and AP courses, my students range in skill level and motivation. But there is something they all share: the need to develop a voice and a love of reading.

Many of my students come to my class as reluctant readers, but recently they've discovered poetry and asked me to bring more into our classroom library.

It is a beautiful community, but poverty is a serious issue as well as a large percentage of students who are not achieving academically. We have a staff of dedicated, caring teachers and administrators who are working hard to cultivate a love of learning and to help our students experience successes in the classroom that will lead to the confidence to go out into the world and do great things.

My Project

John Lennon said "My role in society, or any artist or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all." Poetry has the potential to serve both as a mirror to better understanding ourselves as well as a window into learning about other perspectives in our world.

Poetry is a potent way of learning about what it means to be human and recently, my students have discovered poetry collections, igniting for some of them a newfound love of reading.

After reading collections such as Clint Smith's Counting Descent, Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey, and Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down, students asked for more. It was the first time many of them had actually been engaged in a book and I realized it was crucial to make more of these books available to my students.

Much of my classroom library comes from years of sifting through thrift stores and used books stores, and while these are great sources for inexpensive books, it's rare that I'll find a book from a living poet there. That's where you come in! Please help put poetry in the hands of my students and encourage their love of reading.

Mrs. Krulder
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

This project will reach 150 students.

8 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Sun and Her Flowers • Amazon Business $10.19 2 $20.38
Her • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Counting Descent • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
peluda • Amazon Business $12.60 1 $12.60
Bull • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Our Numbered Days • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Planting Gardens in Graves • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Life on Mars: Poems • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
the princess saves herself in this one • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce • Amazon Business $11.63 1 $11.63
Pillow Thoughts • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Unaccompanied • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Night Sky with Exit Wounds • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Lessons on Expulsion: Poems • Amazon Business $10.47 1 $10.47
Smoke & Mirrors • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets under 25 • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately • Amazon Business $9.17 1 $9.17
Don't Call Us Dead: Poems • Amazon Business $9.02 1 $9.02
Incarnadine: Poems • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
The Rose That Grew From Concrete • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
Accepting the Disaster: Poems • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Bronx Masquerade • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
in the absence of the sun • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir • Amazon Business $4.90 1 $4.90

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