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Ms. Mendez-Cruz from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading & Writing As A Form Of Liberation

My students need copies of the book Black Boy by Richard Wright. We will be completing an eighteen week module that explores essential themes present both in this book and their community.

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My Students

I have already spent 1 year with this group of students and am now preparing to move with them from 6th to 7th grade. My students are energetic and full of love. They bring joy into our classroom every day and support one another as friends and classmates constantly.

In our year together I had the privilege to discover how committed and interested they are in understanding and learning about the needs in their community and the challenges facing those around them and the country at large.

They take great responsibility in being informed and taking action. They use this passion as a motivator for learning. They push themselves in their reading and writing. For this reason, it is important to me to provide them with opportunities that will further engage these interests and further motivate them in their learning.

My Project

Richard Wright is an influential and widely recognized African-American writer who deals with themes of hunger; illness and suffering; racism; and movement/dislocation in his book Black Boy. Students will be exploring these themes through the reading of Wright's memoir and other supplemental texts. Many of the themes present in this book are prevalent in the lives of my students and their community.

"Education is the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world." - I have thought a lot about this idea of Paulo Freire as I reflect on my past year working with these students and as I prepare for my next year with them.

I believe that it is imperative that we explore content that is relevant and pertinent to them. As I have come to know my students over the past year, I have discovered how important it is to them to be informed of their reality and empowered by their knowledge. I trust that, through reading this memoir that deals with realities relevant to them, my students will take great responsibility for their engagement with the text, our classroom discussions, and the assignments.

I currently do not have enough copies of the book for each student. With their own copies, students will be able to take the book home. This will allow students at home to re-read sections we go over in class, look up vocabulary words and further develop their reading comprehension. Having their own copies will also allow them to complete assignments in greater depth. They will be able to take notes in their own books and refer to them later in discussions and in their writing.

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

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Black Boy • AKJ Education $11.67 100 $1,167.00

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