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Ms. M. from Salt Lake City UT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation in Literature

Help me give my students beautifully written, meaningful, updated, and relevant stories that they can feel is representative of their personal realities.

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My Students

I am a high school teacher in Salt Lake City. I serve about 200 students in my English Language Arts classroom. I teach 9th grade, 11th grade, and English as a Second Language throughout the week; as any seasoned teacher knows, this kind of range when it comes to age of students, ability and engagement level requires a high amount of differentiation.

On top of the sheer number of students, I also have a beautifully diverse bunch of kids---ethnically, racially, and socioeconomically.

The majority of my students come from low-income, immigrant (or refugee) families and find the bulk of their resources at school. It is my hope to reach each and every student through student choice Independent reading as well as the writer's workshop outlined by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle.

Every day, my students have time to read their chosen novel and are then prompted to write. On top of this, the students hold their own book clubs and discuss important topics that reflect the world beyond our classroom. Let's get good books in the hands of these kids!

My Project

Teachers have the great responsibility and joy of being the advocates for our students. Not only does this mean advocating for their well-being in the world and classrooms, but it also means showing our students that we care about and celebrate their cultures, race, ethnicities, and family histories. As a language arts teacher, I believe one of the most effective, impactful ways by which educators can do this is through fostering a love for reading. My project would help my students to find this celebration of themselves on my classroom library shelves.

Too often, students find only white, male authors on the shelves of their classrooms; what this communicates to minority students is that they are not represented in literature and so literacy is not a skill meant for them.

By providing them with this representation, my students can take back literacy. Literacy is the key to self-advocacy and higher order thinking...I want to give them that key.

Ms. M.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Arc of a Scythe Trilogy: Scythe; Thunderhead; The Toll • Amazon Business $29.49 1 $29.49
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $17.25 1 $17.25
New Kid • Amazon Business $7.79 2 $15.58
A Very Large Expanse of Sea • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
One of Us Is Next: The Sequel to One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
I Wish You All the Best • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious) • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
The Fountains of Silence • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Allies • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $12.94 1 $12.94
Jackpot • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
The Undefeated (Caldecott Medal Book) • Amazon Business $12.30 1 $12.30
Clean Getaway • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Frankly in Love • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
SHOUT • Amazon Business $11.40 1 $11.40
American Street • Amazon Business $11.34 1 $11.34
Ghost (1) (Track) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Wayward Son (Simon Snow Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Four Dead Queens • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
Five Feet Apart • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Again, but Better: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Pumpkinheads • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper (1)) • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
The Grace Year • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Lovely War • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
We Were Here • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Skin I'm In (20th Anniversary Edition) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Education of Margot Sanchez • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
A Curse So Dark and Lonely (The Cursebreaker Series) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Carry On (Simon Snow Series) • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48

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