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Ms. Walsh from Dorchestr Ctr MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Poetry: First To Read, Then To Create!

My students need a class set of "Yes! We are Latinos" by Alma Por Ada and F. Isabel Campoy and "One Last Word: Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance" by Nikki Grimes.

  • $675 goal

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My Students

My students are energetic, insightful, bright, and passionate. They care deeply about the world and about social justice. My students are eager for opportunities to read quality books, use their voice to write meaningful works, and they seek leadership opportunities to share their knowledge with their peers, school, and the larger community. Our school is a music school and an expeditionary learning school and we actively embrace students' identities as scholars, musicians, and leaders.

Last year, my students put together an amazing Immigration Museum with 5 exhibits to showcase their learning and advocacy for immigrants and refugees in the United States.Students truly took ownership of their learning to share their knowledge with the entire school community and their families.

They were then invited to display and speak about their work at the Massachusetts State House.

As you can see, my students are capable of creativity and greatness. They are eager to make a difference in their communities. One of the major things that fuels their passion about a topic is excellent small group reading texts.

My Project

My students read at widely different levels and benefit immensely from small group reading. The two texts I have chosen reflect many of the cultural backgrounds of students in my classroom. With these class poetry sets, students will take ownership of their own small group and engage in reading, writing about, and leading their own discussions about these texts, historical connected texts, and songs of the Harlem Renaissance. They will then create their own poetry and organize a coffee house style open mic to share their pieces with their family and community to start the year off in a spirited, creative way. We will hopefully be able to combine with the music staff at our school to create a lively arts-integrated project that combines poetry, music, and art.

My hope is that this project can ignite ownership of learning, identity exploration, family engagement, and creativity to gather momentum for the many projects and opportunities that lie ahead this year!

Ms. Walsh
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance • Amazon Business $11.98 25 $299.50
Yes! We Are Latinos: Poems and Prose About the Latino Experience • Amazon Business $9.44 25 $236.00

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