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

Taking A Stand: Social Justice Issues in 8th Grade

My students need a class and home set of the Pulitzer Prize award winning book, "To Kill A Mockingbird." We also need a DVD copy of the 1962 film of the same title.

  • $502 goal

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My Students

Wouldn't it be great if all classrooms and students had two teachers that they can learn and grow from? We have the unique opportunity of co-teaching an 8th grade Language Arts class together.Although new to this, we are learning along with our students and enjoying the benefits of this environment!

We are a unique span school, grades K-8, located in Ventura County.

Our school is named after a key figure in desegregating schools in the area during the 1960's; a strong theme of social justice permeates the campus in honor of him. Our 8th grade students come from a wide variety of backgrounds- some are children of farmworkers and some are children of working professionals. Their socioeconomic backgrounds are just as varied as their familial backgrounds- our school is a wonderful blend of many nationalities. The students in our class come with diverse learning styles and needs and we have found through the theme of social justice and human rights issues, all students are more engaged and interested in the learning process. With the transition to Common Core State Standards, we are excited to incorporate higher quality literature to our students!!

My Project

To align our current curriculum with the Common Core State Standards, our students will be given the wonderful opportunity to engage and interact with rich American literature. We have recently read the Diary of Anne Frank and were amazed at how interested our students became in the material! They devoured the book as well as anything else they could find related to the subject. After studying/ reading about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, we want to continue to expose our students to reading material that captures social injustices, allowing them to think critically about themselves and the world around them. We plan to read the novel as a whole group in class, providing numerous opportunities for in-depth discussions and personal reflection.This novel will launch into our 8th grade Language Arts culminating activity, which will allow groups of students to work together and create a community service project that supports diverse human experiences.

To Kill A Mockingbird is a book that every student should have the opportunity to experience.

Although the novel takes place in the South during the late 1930's, its issues are still relevant today, especially in the lives of our diverse students.The book encompasses themes of racial injustice, gender roles, courage and compassion, class and loss of innocence. By experiencing this book together, we hope to provide the opportunity for our students to build empathy and respect for all differences

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Ms. Moorghen
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
To Kill a Mockingbird • Amazon $4.99 70 $349.30
To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition • Amazon $8.49 1 $8.49

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