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Ms. G. from Norwalk IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pathway to Identity Through Poetic Verse

Help me give my students multiple free reading books to supplement their study of poetry and the Harlem renaissance.

  • $299 goal

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My Students

My students fit the criteria of what it means to be "Iowa nice." We are a community of learners who have the great benefit of being close to the big city within a small town school district. We love to read, and read every day, not for academic reading but for the sake of book love. Reading allows us to escape the small town, to learn about other cultures, to connect to other cultures, to learn new skills, and to simply explore.


stands for drop everything and read. I don't care what genre or subject my students choose. Graphic novel? OK. Book about World War II? Fine. Informational text about taxidermy? Not my cup of tea, but if you are interested, go for it. As a junior high teacher, I simply want my students to keep reading for enjoyment in their busy lives.

My Project

Your student walks in your classroom, a nod and a smile in your direction, but ear buds in their ears; you may not hear what they are listening to, but while they greet you, silently they escape or work through the struggles of their world through those lyrics and headphones.

Songs and poetry give them a way to express their identity : their voices, their thoughts, their struggles, and their worries.; these books are a modern day outlet to express themselves.

My students will use these books to explore deeper their identify and struggles, the Harlem Renaissance, and through the poetic book "One Last Word".

Ms. G.
Grades 6-8

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Am Me: Teen Artists and Writers Speak Out on Being Yourself • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Speak: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $15.04 1 $15.04
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Gloves Off • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
Cast Away: Poems for Our Time • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Spoken: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Math Talk: Mathematical Ideas in Poems for Two Voices • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Somebody Give This Heart a Pen • Amazon Business $9.64 1 $9.64
Her • Amazon Business $9.03 1 $9.03
Genesis Begins Again • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
IMPERFECT: poems about mistakes: an anthology for middle schoolers • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
Blood Water Paint • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49

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