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Mr. Straus from Richmond VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading John Lewis's March: Encouraging Informed Civic Action

Help me give my students literature that encourages informed action in civic life.

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My Students

We are an inner-city school that serves a Latinx and African American student population. The majority of students qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. Our classroom supports a range of talented students including English learners and students with exceptionalities.

Our students live in an underserved part of our city and are a diverse group of eager learners.

They come to school to learn and participate even when the harmful choices and the inaction of our elected officials create extra hurdles to their success.

My Project

March is an autobiographical graphic novel series that focuses on the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of John Lewis. My goal is to help develop my students' civic engagement through reading it.

We will study the various strategies adopted by members of the Civil Rights Movement in their fight against structural racism in the United States.

Students will draw parallels with current social movements in the struggles against our racist society. We will use these lessons to help inform actions that the students can take to address inequity today.

My district adopted a curriculum that includes specific books our class will read and is virtual for the remainder of the year. As such, this material will likely be used in a whole class setting next year. I plan to use March in a small group setting this year.

March by John Lewis supports English learners with illustrations to help build context. I know my students will want to continue reading this trilogy after finishing book one. This book is relevant and engaging. Access to books like March can help encourage reading as part of a routine that fosters growth this year and beyond for my students.

Mr. Straus
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 67 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
March: Book Two • MahoganyBooks $17.96 25 $449.00
Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO • MahoganyBooks $15.30 1 $15.30
Ikenga • MahoganyBooks $15.29 1 $15.29
This is Your Time • MahoganyBooks $14.39 1 $14.39
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice • MahoganyBooks $9.89 1 $9.89

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