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Mrs. Walling-Sisi from Fairfield CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

New Novels: Classic Literature Not Antiques!

Help me give my students new copies of Native Son by Richard Wright. This classic supplements the ERWC curriculum and my students won't have to read the same copy I read 30 years ago.

  • $585 goal

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My Students

My 12th grade students are enrolled in the Expository Reading and Writing Course designed by the CSU system to better prepare them for college reading and writing.

These kids are wonderful young people who have a drive to learn and do better each day.

We are a very diverse school and community. In fact, according to a Brown University study on the last census data, Fairfield and Suisun City are "the most diverse municipalities in the United States*."

But we are a district with great need. My students need access to more literature. The district cannot afford to supplement our curriculum and replace the novels we read each year. Currently my kids are reading a set of books that were purchased in 1988. That is 30 years ago. My graduating class read these. We need new novels!

*Lee, Barrett A, John Iceland, and Gregory Sharp. 2012. "Racial and Ethnic Diversity Goes Local: Charting Change in American Communities Over Three Decades"

My Project

My students deserve to read books that aren't falling apart in their hands. They will be enriched by the novel and be able to connect the themes to our curriculum.

"Native Son" by Richard Wright is an example of African American Literature that teaches students about important themes and covers many literary standards.

I tie the novel into "Module 3: Racial Profiling" in our ERWC text. Students connect the novel to more recent editorials in their writing and analysis of race in America.

The books will be used for many years to come (like the 1988 copies we are using now)!

Please consider donating to our class set of Novels. Your generosity is appreciated.

Mrs. Walling-Sisi
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Native Son • AKJ Education $12.40 34 $421.60

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