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Ms. Gunberg from El Cajon CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Overcoming Adversity Through Powerful Literature

Help me give my students diverse novel sets to allow them to understand and overcome their own challenges.

  • $351 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Former first lady, Michelle Obama, is quoted to have said, "You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it is important for you to understand that facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages." My middle school students are learning to make the most out of that exact advantage. Majority of my students fall in one (or more) of the following categories: foster care/homeless youth, English language learners (newcomers and LTELs), low SES, and/or qualify for special education services. They are more than ready overcome the adversity they have been faced.

My students are more than their challenges.

They are kind, hard-working, silly, and resilient individuals. My students need to see themselves and their challenges reflected in the literature we read.

My Project

We are implementing literature circles this year to ensure each student has the opportunity to select a book that they truly have interest in. Our first selection of novels will be used in our social issues literature circles where we will be developing both our empathy as well as our advocacy.

These novel sets will not only help my students learn to love reading, but also help them develop their social-emotional growth.

I expect these novel studies will help my students begin to understand and overcome their own adversities while becoming more socially aware of the world and people around them.

This year, we are centering our learning around the essential question: What are the challenges of human interaction? In doing so, my students will learn to better face, understand, cope, and overcome the adversity they have been faced with and in turn, become more well-rounded and empathetic individuals.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.96 4 $43.84
Counting by 7s • Amazon Business $4.58 8 $36.64
THE SKIN I'M IN (20th Anniversary Edition) • Amazon Business $8.77 4 $35.08
Merci Suárez Changes Gears • Amazon Business $8.49 4 $33.96
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon Business $8.15 4 $32.60
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $7.75 4 $31.00
Monster • Amazon Business $3.60 8 $28.80

Materials cost

$241.92

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$22.14

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.63

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$297.69

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$52.53

Total project goal

$350.22

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$350.22

6 Donors

-$268.16

Donations toward project cost

-$233.94

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$34.22

match offer

-$75.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$63.75

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$11.25

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.06

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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