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Ms. Lukaszewicz from Pittsburgh PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Makes Us Free: Learning from Harriet Tubman

My students need five sets of books about Harriet Tubman for guided reading.

  • $308 goal

This project expired on July 2, 2015.

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My Students

Reading takes the mind on adventures it couldn't access otherwise, to lands future and past, to lands distant and imagined. Literature gives us a sense of who we are and what we value, and literary non-fiction tells us where we've been. That's why I want to do an American slavery unit.

My students are brilliant and dedicated.

They are committed to an extended school day and an extended school year, knowing that the effort is part of their journey to academic success. They can make connections among texts and across genres, and I trust that they'll be able to do this only more ably when they have books that represent experiences and perspectives nearer to their own. Our school values creating a culture of dignity, wherein all voices are respected and acknowledged. This is true within the curricula as well, which allows plenty of room for content and narratives that represent diverse peoples. We value social justice and serve our community.

My Project

My students will use these books for guided reading, during which coach their literacy skills. They will practice the basic building blocks of literacy, like identifying the main idea, making connections and inferences, and asking and answering questions. Using these skills automatically enables students to be able to practice more rigorous literature skills like theme and plot. Furthermore, as a student's reading proficiency improves, so do their faculties with other contents such as social studies and science. Lastly, these books will help students to see their own experiences within literature, thereby affirming their identities. In particular, these Harriet Tubman books align with our unit of study, about Frederick Douglass. I want to enhance students' knowledge with a story that provides another perspective on how abolitionists resisted slavery. Douglass did so via words; Tubman did so via might and cunning.

These books will enable my students to read texts that are at their instructional level, so that the reading is differentiated.

More than that, the students will have a common experience: reading about Tubman. This will allow us to still have common conversation about our texts, and allows us to think about Tubman as a role model for leadership. To you, it may seem a simple donation of books to a classroom, but to my students, the books open to them worlds formerly unknown.

Ms. Lukaszewicz
Grades 6-8
  • Propel Charter School-Northside
  • Pittsburgh, PA

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad • Amazon $14.47 7 $101.29
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • Amazon $4.99 7 $34.93
Harriet Tubman: Freedom's Trailblazer (Childhood of Famous Americans) • Amazon $6.91 5 $34.55
Harriet Tubman: Freedom Leader (Townsend Library) • Amazon $4.14 7 $28.98
Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4) • Amazon $3.99 7 $27.93

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