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Ms. Young from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Justice Book Club -- Experiences Around the World

Help me give my students self-selected books centered around themes of social justice and inequality around the world for book group discussions.

  • $801 goal

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My Students

I teach at a small, community-based Title I school in East Oakland. Students are primarily from low-income, immigrant families, and are highly motivated to achieve.

The majority of our students are English language learners from immigrant households.

Their families are from Guatemala, Yemen, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and the U.S. They are hungry to learn and deserving of everything that we can creatively muster to provide for them. We are working hard to create projects that foster their love of learning and empower them to use their creativity to expand their world.

My Project

In middle school, students are becoming awakened to social justice issues both local and worldwide. They are curious about what they hear in the news, and many of these issues affect them directly in some way.

The books students selected were chosen to spark thought-provoking discussions related to historical and contemporary instances of inequality.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice showcases a young woman who fights against prejudice and discrimination to stand up for her rights and the rights of others. Students also selected Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491, a young reader's adaptation of 1491, challenges the traditional narrative about the development of civilization in the Pre-Columbian Americas while addressing issues like the role of religion in history and the nature of power. Both Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl and Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow were selected to give students a window into a painful and important time in history.

The fiction books chosen -Home of the Brave, told from the perspective of a Sudanese refugee living in America, and Heart of a Samurai, which tells the coming-of-age story of a young fisherman who was the first Japanese person to set foot in America, address historical contemporary issues and themes such as the meaning of home and the role of family. All books give students the opportunity to build empathy as they read stories told from a range of perspectives.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Heart of a Samurai • Amazon Business $15.50 8 $124.00
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Scholastic Focus) • Amazon Business $9.26 13 $120.38
Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 • Amazon Business $15.29 7 $107.03
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice • Amazon Business $9.49 7 $66.43
The Diary of a Young Girl • AKJ Education $4.89 13 $63.57
Home of the Brave • AKJ Education $6.56 7 $45.92
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Boy Who Dared • Amazon Business $7.90 2 $15.80
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent • Amazon Business $15.73 1 $15.73
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68

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