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Ms. O'Gara from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Issue Book Clubs: Creating Advocates for Justice

My students need book club text sets that explore complex social issues in thoughtful ways.

  • $389 goal

This project expired on May 6, 2018.

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My Students

My fifth grade students are enthusiastic bilingual students. They are a group of diverse learners who are eager to learn and in engage in the world around them.

My students are first and second generation Latino students living in a vibrant low-income and working class neighborhood in Chicago.

Our school is a large, public neighborhood school dedicated to a bright future for our students. However, pressure to perform on standardized tests has resulted in a focus on test preparation and a decrease in meaningful instruction.

My Project

I seek to create a social issues book club unit for my two 5th grade reading classes. In this unit, students will dive into books looking for injustices that don’t just affect the character or the reader, but that also affect entire groups of people in their communities and in the world. As a culminating project, students will raise awareness among their peers about a social issue from their books that they feel strongly about. Then, they will take collective action against that social issue in the community.

In order to help my students consider and analyze social issues, they need access to high-quality, culturally relevant texts that explore complex social issues in thoughtful ways.

I would like to provide books that explore social issues that reflect my students’ own life experiences. As fifth graders, my students are budding adolescents who struggle with fitting in and bullying. As immigrants and first generation Latino students, my students also encounter poverty, racism, and immigration challenges in their everyday lives. I seek to include books that both mirror their life experiences and provide windows into the life experiences of others.

Ms. O'Gara
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 63 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $9.68 5 $48.40
Rules • Amazon Business $7.97 5 $39.85
The Tequila Worm • Amazon Business $7.67 5 $38.35
Zombie Baseball Beatdown • Amazon Business $6.98 4 $27.92
The Only Road • Amazon Business $6.81 4 $27.24
The Hundred Dresses • Amazon Business $6.38 4 $25.52
Crenshaw • Amazon Business $4.63 5 $23.15
Gaby, Lost and Found: A Wish Novel • Amazon Business $5.66 4 $22.64
The Jacket • Amazon Business $5.99 3 $17.97
Poverty and Hunger (Children in Our World) • Amazon Business $8.86 1 $8.86
El único destino (The Only Road) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Refugees and Migrants (Children in Our World) • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55

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