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Ms. M. from Molalla OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mirrors & Windows: A Project for Diverse Literary Experiences

My students need diverse books in the classroom which portray different cultures, ways of living, races, and abilities. Students can find ways they personally relate to literature, and grow awareness and empathy for others.

  • $587 goal

This project expired on July 27, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Hi, I'm Ms. Murphy!

I am a Special Education Teacher/Learning Specialist in an Elementary School of diverse learners in rural Oregon.

Our school is a high poverty school with students who persevere through life challenges while maintaining excitement and motivation to learn. Our unique group of young innovators inspire each other and their teachers by their daily resilience and drive!

Students here are ready to take on new challenges and are hungry for opportunities! My classroom is a learning center or resource room where my team and I deliver small group academic interventions, social skills lessons, digital literacy lessons and work on study skills, sensory integration, and movement learning. I also visit general education classrooms and support students through collaboration and co-teaching.

Despite the high needs of our students, they are literally on a ROLL with READING. Our school literacy rates have drastically improved over that last three years and are on the rise! Now, students need opportunities for growth and ways to engage in advanced learning.

Students here do not consider their disabilities a hindrance, but, something that makes them unique and provides a source of strength and persistence to greatness!

My Project

Literature can provide a mirror into ourselves. We can relate to some characters because we have something in common with them, such as, our age or race, or a life experience, or interests. We can reflect on ourselves and we can engage in the book because we are reading about someone just like us. We identify with the book or character.

Other Literature can provide a lens or window to characters that our different from ourselves.

We can learn about the life experiences of others and build awareness of other individuals' culture, ways of life, life experiences, and more.

A widely diverse set of books can help students learn about themselves and learn about people all over the world. As students grow up as global citizens in a digital world, many of the jobs will include teamwork and collaboration. It is important that young students have engaging learning experiences to build awareness of the world around them and the people in it.

Ms. M.
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Multicultural Stories (14 Books) • AKJ Education $85.10 1 $85.10
Asian Cultures (9 Books) • AKJ Education $56.80 1 $56.80
Differences and Disabilities (11 Books) • AKJ Education $56.03 1 $56.03
Fight to Learn • AKJ Education $18.21 1 $18.21
My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
The Best Part of Me Children Talk About their Bodies in Pictures and Words • AKJ Education $13.14 1 $13.14
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Nasreen's Secret School A True Story from Afghanistan • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Sonia Sotomayor A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Malcolm Little The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Girls Who Code • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
My Brother Charlie • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
For the Right to Learn Malala Yousafzai's Story • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
Skin You Live In • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
The Crayon Box that Talked • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
Russell's World A Story for Kids About Autism • AKJ Education $8.96 1 $8.96
Cool Salsa • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
We're Amazing 1,2,3! A Story About Friendship and Autism (Sesame Street) • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
The Pot That Juan Built • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Good Night India • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Me, Frida • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
In My Family/En Mi Familia • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Good Night Mumbai • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Good Night Rajasthan • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Morning Meals Around the World • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Cheyenne Again • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
The Very First Americans • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

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