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Ms. Gillespie from Las Vegas NV is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Our Way to DC

My students need multiple copies of 2 books, to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and how it impacted our country and how it continues to impact them.

  • $170 goal

This project expired on May 10, 2013.

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My Students

My students can describe a situation where they have felt embarrassed or put down by their peers. However, they cannot explain the Civil Rights Movement, the intense turmoil America found itself in during that time period, and why it matters to them.

My students live in an impoverished community.

Seventy to eighty percent of all students have free or reduced Lunch. Yet, my students are eager to learn what they don't know. They want to be on the same level as their peers in other schools and they want to be successful in high school. They often lack resources and knowledge that has been shared with most students their age, but they don't allow that to hold them back. Their families are really excited for their students to see and do things they are not and were not able to. Many of the students want to attend good colleges and universities and most will be the first generation in their family to attend a higher level education. They want to make a change for the better!

My Project

These two books will provide a fictional perspective from two families on what it was like to live in times of harsh racism and segregation in the United States in both the 1930's and 1960's. Most of the students have only had one year of US History and were not really able to study the Civil Rights Movement. These two books, along with several other resources and materials, will serve as a guide to teach students about Civil Rights, equality among races and people, and the characteristic of tolerance, as well as significant people during the time period, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will use discussion and Socratic Seminar in small groups to talk with their peers and complete activities about the books and the Civil Rights Movement.

In June, these students will stand at the MLK Memorial in Washington DC.

Using these books, they will comprehend how the Civil Rights Movement changed America from segregation to integration and why Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life mattered. They will see racism and equal rights in a completely different way than they ever have before.

Ms. Gillespie
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Books $5.83 10 $58.30
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 (MM) • AKJ Books $5.10 9 $45.90

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