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Ms. Mahood from Danbury CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Relatable Reads for Diverse Readers

Help me give my students independent reading books with diverse main characters, with representation from a variety of different cultures.

  • $294 goal

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My Students

My students come from a variety of cultural, economic, and social backgrounds. My school is classified as an urban middle school.

Over 80% of the students in my school are on free or reduced lunch, and about one in four students receive English Language Learning services.

The diversity of the students brings many perspectives and angles to the classroom. However, the economic disadvantages can be limiting and hinder students who do not have resources outside of the classroom. These students can benefit and advance from the opportunity to use a variety of educational resources and learning modalities. Yet, the finances do not allow for that to be available in many cases.

Many of my students are coming into sixth grade reading well below grade level. This causes students to be disengaged and not passionate about reading. A lot of students also have a hard time choosing just right books.

My Project

In my ELA classroom, I feel it is extremely important for students to feel seen and heard. When it comes to picking out books to read, students often look for books that they can relate to. Often times the population of kids I teach struggle to find themselves in the pages of the books that are available. In many cases, students see main characters as role models. When they can't relate to any of the characters they are reading about, they may be missing that personal connection or the opportunity to see themselves in that role.

Research shows, "Kids need to see people who look like them who have faced challenges, overcome obstacles, and made a difference in the world."

Students need access to a classroom library where students can relate to the characters, places, and situations they face. This allows students to make strong connections and hopefully bring what they've learned into their personal lives. This project will give my students books that have main characters that are girls and boys from diverse ethnicities. The stories show a multitude of cultures, languages, heritages, religions, and customs. This will help my students continue to grow into global citizens and learn about the world.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Front Desk • Amazon Business $10.70 2 $21.40
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler • Amazon Business $7.48 2 $14.96
Aru Shah and the Song of Death (A Pandava Novel Book 2) (Pandava Series) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Storm Runner (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 1) • Amazon Business $13.03 1 $13.03
Black Panther The Young Prince (Marvel Black Panther) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Spy School British Invasion • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (A Sal and Gabi Novel, Book 1) • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Dragon Pearl (Rick Riordan Presents) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Season of Styx Malone • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Merci Suárez Changes Gears • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel, Book 1) (Pandava Series) • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series) • Amazon Business $3.38 3 $10.14
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Evil Spy School • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98

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