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Ms. Vammen from Bentonville AR is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Protest Art and Awareness Campaign Projects

My students need art supplies and annotation tools for their close reading and arts-integrated projects. For our class library, we also need current books with diverse characters and Kwame Alexander's writing workshop resource.

  • $584 goal

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My Students

"Can we read outside today?" "No, can we play the connotation word game?" asked a couple of students on Friday. My students know how much I like to create an active space for learning; however, I do not think they realize how happy it makes me that they are fighting over working on reading and writing skills.

While the city of Bentonville is not very diversified compared to its surrounding cities, my class population is diverse and includes both ESL and impoverished students who are at risk of being overlooked in the community.

Although I work in an affluent district, my school is a Title I school that has the majority of impoverished, free and reduced price lunch receiving students in the city.

I teach ESL students who are interspersed with native language learners in my seventh grade English classes. Multicultural awareness is the center of my students' learning. Not only do my students identify with this focus, but they crave learning about the world and people around them.

My Project

This project will provide my students with the materials they will need to take what they have learned from the themes in their books and apply them to the real world by creating protest art and awareness campaigns. Last year students created protest art and made informational posters about the current refugee crisis. However, we were short on markers, colored pencils, glue, and crayons which made it hard for students to do quality work in an efficient way. This year hopefully we can continue doing such projects, but will not have to be held up in our products because of the lack of materials.

The books I chose exhibit conflicts that are current to the race, gender, and immigration conflicts in which my students either need to understand or can already relate.

I also made sure to have annotation tools in the form of highlighters, sticky notes, and pencils so that my students can do close readings of these texts and other class books. Every year, I spend my money on the items mentioned above along with expo makers that my students use on individual whiteboards to do contests, formative assessments, and group work brainstorming.

I also added a binder to store and organize assessments, projects, lesson plans, student work, and professional information for this new year. In addition to getting more organized with our projects, I added Kwame Alexander's writing workshop reference guide to the project so that we can improve our writing projects. All of these items will help me start the school year focusing my time on my students' academic needs rather than class material needs.

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Rio de Janeiro Collection, 24 Pads, 70 Sheets/Pad, Cabinet Pack (654-24SSAU-CP) • Amazon Business $19.50 5 $97.50
Crayola Bulk Markers and Crayons, 256 Count Classpack • Amazon Business $49.33 1 $49.33
U Brands Low Odor Magnetic Dry Erase Markers With Erasers, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 6-Count • Amazon Business $4.99 6 $29.94
Crayola Colored Pencil Bulk, 240 Count Classpack, 12 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $29.48 1 $29.48
The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander Engages Students in Writing Workshop (And You Can Too!) (Professional Resources) • Amazon Business $22.42 1 $22.42
Sharpie 27145 Pocket Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $4.78 4 $19.12
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 60 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $15.69 1 $15.69
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
Code of Honor • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Night Diary • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $11.35 1 $11.35
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
If I Grow Up • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Another Brooklyn: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
Avery Durable View Binder, 2" Slant Rings, 500-Sheet Capacity, DuraHinge, Green (17838) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ban This Book: A Novel • Amazon Business $6.75 1 $6.75
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $6.52 1 $6.52
The Eleventh Plague • Amazon Business $6.28 1 $6.28
Soldier X • Amazon Business $4.18 1 $4.18

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