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Ms. Grunewald from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading and Creating Stories of Resilience

My students need a class set (35) of the memoir Warriors Don't Cry as well as supporting texts for their Resilience Cafe PBL Project.

  • $230 goal

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My Students

As a teacher in a Title I school district in San Jose where 100% of my students receive free breakfast and lunch, it can often feel like our school goes unseen in the midst of Silicon Valley. Issues of equity and opportunity are part of our everyday reality at our school.

My students enter our classroom at a critical point in their educational journeys: the step right before high school.

They are full of energy and inquiry, ready to question the world around them and make their voices heard. Our classroom is a school family that works together to create a learning space where everyone shares a sense of belonging and purpose. Given the support and resources, my students will explore and understand the histories, systems, and experiences that make up their world. This understanding and awareness is a strength my students will take with them as they leave middle school.

My Project

This spring my students will complete a project based learning unit on resilience incorporating elements of literary analysis, writing, and digital storytelling. My students will use the memoir, Warriors Don't Cry, and support texts to explore Melba Pattillo Beals' experience as part of the Little Rock Nine. The books will form the foundation for small group discussions and Socratic Seminars.

Students will read the texts as they work towards answering the driving question: What can we learn from other people’s inspiring stories of resilience that we might be able to use in our own lives?

In the process of answering this question students will be able to practice key literary analysis skills they will need in high school as well as connect their learning in the classroom to their own lived experiences. The stories of the Little Rock Nine provide powerful examples of the incredible strength and potential of young people who are determined to make a difference.

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

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This project will reach 35 students.

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Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High • Amazon Business $2.80 35 $98.00
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) • Amazon Business $29.26 1 $29.26
March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine • Amazon Business $14.10 1 $14.10
The Little Rock Nine: A Primary Source Exploration of the Battle for School Integration (We Shall Overcome) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95

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