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Mrs. Fitts from Greensboro NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Out With Vanilla Texts... We Want Diversity!

My students need culturally relevant text sets in order to engage and become motivated readers. Many of the books in our school library are not culturally diverse and the students need texts that are relatable.

  • $594 goal

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My Students

Most of the students that attend my school are Hispanic or from culturally-rich backgrounds. The students at our school receive 100% free lunch and breakfast daily. The students are engrossed and engaged with literacy, and they would like to be able to read texts with characters that either look like they do, or read about characters that are going through similar problems as them. Many of the books in classroom libraries and in our school library are not culturally diverse and I would like to provide texts that the students can relate to.

My Project

The materials within this project would be used in third through fifth grades at my school for student participation in book clubs. Students meet within these book clubs to read and discuss text. In order for the text discussions to be deep and relatable to our students, the students need choices of texts that are relevant to the lives that they live outside of school. Many texts that students read are very cookie cutter and the texts that are included in my project, would help students to read books with characters that look and are living lives very similar to their own. Through these culturally relevant texts, the students will be more engaged and motivated to read the text and because the content relates to them, they will be more open to discuss the confines in the text and the discussion should be more authentic because of the student's deeper understanding.

Mrs. Fitts
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti • AKJ Education $13.13 4 $52.52
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban • AKJ Education $11.68 4 $46.72
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates • AKJ Education $11.68 4 $46.72
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • AKJ Education $11.67 4 $46.68
When I Was Puerto Rican A Memoir • AKJ Education $10.91 4 $43.64
The Book Thief • AKJ Education $10.74 4 $42.96
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $8.02 4 $32.08
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 4 $26.24
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 4 $26.24
Forged By Fire • AKJ Education $5.83 4 $23.32
Warriors Don't Cry The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High • AKJ Education $5.83 4 $23.32
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success • AKJ Education $5.83 4 $23.32

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