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Ms. English from Wyoming MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Seeing Ourselves Through Culturally Diverse Books

Help me give my students the gift of seeing themselves in the pages of culturally diverse novels as well as universal poetry.

  • $401 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Welcome to our classroom. When you enter my classroom, you will see an array of color - from the home-made motivational words, to the paintings, to the chicken wire frame filled with quotes from various students. The room is dimmed with multiple thrift store lamps and smells like pumpkin, apple and cinnamon. My students deserve to be in a comfy, safe-to-share, classroom that is often their oasis from home.

My students are hungry to learn and see themselves within the pages of culturally diverse books.

They do not identify well with books written by old, white dead mean written hundreds of years ago! They want real-life. They want realistic writing that they can relate to in a personal way.

My Project

Good morning!

"Miss, Miss, did the books come yet?"

"Not yet, but any day now!"

"Oh, I can't wait to read some new books! I especially like the poetry books that everyone's talking about!"

"Why do you like poetry?"

"I loves me some poetry because it's like the author is writing about my thoughts and feelings. It's strange how the author can know what I'm going through, but it's like they describe it perfect. And then when I really think about it, I realize that I'm not all alone because the author is selling so many books to people just like me."

My students will read these books to build knowledge, vocabulary and higher level thinking skills. They will process information verbally and written and will discuss topics as a class. Often, these diverse books open up "teachable moments" in which students share about their lives. Other students nod their heads in agreement because they can relate as well.

Ms. English
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Whiskey Words & Shovel Box Set Volume 1-3 • Amazon Business $34.75 1 $34.75
#BARS • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
For The Broken • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Words That Kill • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Out of Darkness (Fiction - Young Adult) • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Pillow Thoughts • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
A Beautiful Composition of Broken • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
Planting Gardens in Graves • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Depression & Other Magic Tricks • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
The Sun and Her Flowers • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
Letting Things Go • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
the witch doesn't burn in this one • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
She Felt Like Feeling Nothing • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
This Is Me Letting You Go • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Rest in the Mourning • Amazon Business $11.56 1 $11.56
Born to Love, Cursed to Feel • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
The Last Time I'll Write About You • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
soft thorns • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
becoming. • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
in the absence of the sun • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Ice Cream And Suicide • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Black Book of Poems • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$305.89

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.59

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$340.48

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$60.08

Total project goal

$400.56

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$400.56

1 Donor

-$359.87

Donations toward project cost

-$305.89

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$53.98

match offer

-$40.69

Match offer toward project cost

-$34.59

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$6.10

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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