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Ms. RODARTE from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Justice Mondays: Increasing Empathy Through Learning Different Perspectives.

My students need these books (Enrique's Journey, American Born Chinese, and When the Emperor was Divine), so that we can start to have Social Justice Mondays where we study perspective in the modern world.

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My Students

My students are a diverse group of hard working students who hail from all corners of Los Angeles. Because they come from all over Los Angeles, they are diverse not just in their cultural and racial makeup but also in their socio-economic levels. Because of this, they are passionate young people who are socially and politically aware.

My students are the inspiration and guiding light for what I do as a teacher.

I actively try to help them become more knowledgeable about the conditions of different populations around the world and encourage them to use their voice confidently and intellectually. Students need to feel that they are a part of the world history and national history that gets told. They also need to feel that they are not just being given a history that paints their people as inferior but that their people are woven into the fabric of history as active agents of change and creators of history. The history told cannot be a history of victimization but must be a history of agency. My job then is to empower my students to take their rightful place in history and to transform our society.

My Project

We are living through a time period in which extremism and intolerance are on the rise—making it crucial to help students develop their sense of empathy. To this end, I will be instituting Social Justice Mondays in my classroom. On Mondays, we will read one of the chosen books and discuss the social justice issues covered in the text while addressing perspective. This will give us the opportunity to have discussions on the different ways in which different people’s navigate the world and how their identities are a main elements of why their experiences are so different.

The goal with Social Justice Mondays is to increase the level of empathy my studnets feel for people across the United States and around the world, who live different experiences of personhood and society.

The globalization in which our societies, trade, culture, and politics are interconnected across the world makes it imperative for all students to explicitly engage in the stories of others. Likewise, we live in an American society that is growing more and more diverse each year. This diversity makes it necessary that we also read the stories of all members of American society. We can no longer afford to live our lives insulated from the lives of other Americans and other peoples of the world.

Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
When the Emperor Was Divine • Amazon Business $9.54 35 $333.90
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $8.79 35 $307.65
Enrique's Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation): The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother • Amazon Business $3.60 35 $126.00

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