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Ms. VanderGalien from Wyoming MI is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Justice Children's Books Promoting Literacy And Authorship

My students need A Path of Stars, Separate is Never Equal, We are All Wonders, Unbound, Her Right Foot, and the many other children's books focusing on Social Justice issues!

  • $534 goal

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My Students

WJH is a large, urban, Title One, public school with just under one thgousand students. Our students have a variety of economic backgrounds, with seventy-seven percent qualifying for free or reduced price lunch. Many students receive backpacks of food to take home on the weekend. My school provides notebooks, pencils, backpacks, warm clothes, coats, and other resources to help families.

My school has a vibrant and diverse population of students.

Students come from various countries all over the globe and speak various languages. A significant percentage of students are reading below grade level and need extra help to master literacy standards so I make sure to accommodate my lessons to help both the high achievers and the struggling readers.

My Project

My eighth grade students will be partnering with a third grade classroom virtually, once a week to be reading buddies. My students will be reading the Social Justice Children's books - like We are All Wonders, Return to Sender, etc. - to their reading buddy as well.

Even more exciting, as they study the mentor texts like Somos Como Las Nubes, Separate is Never Equal, Grace for President, my students will then author their own Children's Social Justice Book featuring their third grade reading buddy as the super hero main character in the book.

We will publish them and give them as a gift to our reading buddies at a Publication Celebration.

Ms. VanderGalien
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Her Right Foot • Amazon Business $11.25 2 $22.50
Unbound: A Novel in Verse • Amazon Business $11.11 2 $22.22
The Color Thief: A Family's Story of Depression • Amazon Business $10.79 2 $21.58
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.42 1 $15.42
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (English and Arabic Edition) • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
A Path of Stars (Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Children's and Young Adult. Honorable Mention (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Love • Amazon Business $11.77 1 $11.77
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
All the Colors We Are/Todos los colores de nuestra piel: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/La historia de por qué tenemos diferentes colores de piel • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice? (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Skin Again • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Book Uncle and Me • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
When I Was Eight • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Grace for President • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
A is for Activist • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Silent Days, Silent Dreams • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Bird in a Box • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
Child of the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mango, Abuela, and Me • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Return to Sender • Amazon Business $5.40 1 $5.40
Ghosts • Amazon Business $4.90 1 $4.90

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