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Ms. Perreras from Charlotte NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Around The World, Bringing It Home

My students need multiple copies of a variety of 7 different novels sets, 72 books total, for a chance to explore the world in a novel while connecting back to their own identity.

  • $903 goal

This project expired on April 9, 2013.

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My Students

Have you ever felt like you were being pulled apart from two different directions? Whether it is two cultures, two different friend groups or even a divided family, many of my students experience that same struggle of trying to find their place inside the messiness of 'twos'.

The city where my student learn and live and is often know as a transplant city, and the students that fill the seats of my classroom come from near and far.

While our school and community is often given less than kind monikers, my students defy stereotypes by refusing to be known as one thing alone. They are vibrant. They are loud. They are quiet. They are shy. They are extroverted. They are palette of everything. One thing many, if not all my students share, however, is that most days they are all a little bit scared. Being in high school, being fifteen for that matter, comes with figuring out who you are inside the messiness of adolescence. For many of my students, this messiness is made more difficult by the distinct worlds they find themselves having to hold together. Some come from broken homes, some left countries they once called home, some don't even know what to call home- making defining their identity an even scarier journey.

My Project

My students need copies of a variety of different novels sets, 72 books total, for a chance to explore the world in a novel while connecting back to their own identity. These novels all explore a similar theme of identity and culture. By allowing my students to explore these worlds they will get the chance to grapple with some really tough questions about what defines who we are as people. These novel set resources will allow my students the empowering opportunity to end the year by deciding which novel speaks to them the most. The narratives, while they may not be exact matches to my students stories, are so similar to many of their struggles. Seeing their own frustrations, questions, hopes and journeys mirrored in the chapters of these books will give my students another opportunity to find their voice. Being a teenage is hard. Being a teenager and not really knowing who you really are is even worse. These novels will engage my students in the process of discover, both for the characters they follow and hopefully for themselves.

This project will give students a chance to tackle tough issues about identity in their own book clubs; therefore, fully shifting the responsibility of learning and engaging onto their shoulders.

These book clubs are the last novel study of the year, and this project has the capacity to leave my students confident in their literacy and language arts skills. Furthermore, they will end the year having walked with characters that challenge them to look in the mirror and define who they are.

Ms. Perreras
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Absolutely True Diary Of A Parttime Indian • AKJ Books $10.94 10 $109.40
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents • AKJ Books $11.68 12 $140.16
Alchemist • AKJ Books $10.94 10 $109.40
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky • AKJ Books $12.56 10 $125.60
Whale Talk • AKJ Books $6.56 10 $65.60
Nothing but the Truth (And a Few White Lies) • AKJ Books $5.83 10 $58.30
Cuba 15 • AKJ Books $6.56 10 $65.60

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