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Ms. Lashley from St Louis Park MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading About Race: Using Literature to Guide Student Conversations

Help me give my students a relatable graphic novel to foster conversations about race in school.

  • $480 goal

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My Students

Middle-school students are at a stage between the somewhat naive elementary years and the too-cool high school phase. This time is a turning point in their lives where they decide who they want to be. My students are a fascinating blend of curious, silly, and insightful.

As a school in a first-ring suburb, we are fortunate enough to have a blend of racial and socio-economic backgrounds in our school.

Our school is becoming increasingly diverse, with over 40% students of color and many hard-working scholars who commute to us from the Twin Cities. Almost 38% of students eat free or reduced price lunch and many come from unstable family and housing situations. I strive to make my classroom a safe and comfortable getaway for my wonderful learners.

My Project

As a white teacher in a multi-racial school, it's important for me to bring in voices of people of color to my teaching. My colleagues and I developed an elective class that includes interactive lessons on stereotypes, racial identity, tolerance, and advocacy.

Our diverse 7th and 8th grade students collaborate with peers and teachers to develop leadership skills and learn how to constructively advocate for all students.

Reading "New Kid" by Jerry Craft would provide a foundation for students to have conversations about race at the beginning of the year. Author Jerry Craft wrote and illustrated a semi-autobiographical graphic novel about the life of an average middle-schooler. Students will discuss the experience of the protagonist, Jordan Banks, as he navigates a mostly white school as one of the few students of color. Students will be able to identify themselves in the variety of characters included in the story, and start to connect those events to their real lived experiences. Through reflection and discussion, this novel will spark mindful inquiry into how race can impact students' lives in and out of school.

Ms. Lashley
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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New Kid • Amazon Business $9.29 40 $371.60

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