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Ms. Pettygrove from Holly Springs MS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Rigorous Readers: Making History Every Day

My students need 25 copies of "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" to read together in class and begin their first novel study.

  • $224 goal

This project expired on January 29, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Making History" is what my students do every day when they read, expand their minds, interact with stories, and are on their way to making their own history.

My students are energetic sixth graders who are living in poor, rural Mississippi.

Their public school is working to give them the best possible chance at becoming well-spoken, brilliant, and wise people. My students have read very few novels and haven't yet met some of the most wonderful authors. But, these students are creative and curious and are determined to use their voice and dive into the beautiful world of reading!

My Project

So many of my sixth graders have no idea of the history-rich stories of the Mississippi Delta. Reading the novel "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" will be a chance for them to not only learn, but feel the pain and struggles of how far their state and its people have come. This book will open a door to the transforming power of of story-telling. Reading this book as a class community will be their first opportunity to share this powerful story with one another and will provide them with the first chance to read and interact with a novel. I hope my students will learn how to soak in a story and understand how reading expands our minds and our memories. I hope they will learn about the deeply scarring pain of racism in the South and its impacts today, as well as the powerfully abiding hope. I hope my students learn to trust their own abilities as strong readers after this first novel.

This donation will change how my students see their own place in this wide world.

This will be a reminder that other people care, that stories are meant to be shared, that so many other people love reading. Having a class set of this novel will be a chance for each student to belong to the community of our class and to the world community of readers. For each student who gets to read this book in our class, it will affirm him and her as true readers and thinkers.

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

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Books $5.91 25 $147.75

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